Thursday, January 5, 2012

Citrus Salmon en Papillote and Dairy Free Stuffed Mushrooms

  Well tonight I decided to try my hand at some more fancy fare. Citrus salmon, stuffed mushrooms, and roasted green beans. It all came out very tasty, but I don't think the stuffed mushrooms were quite worth the trouble. Maybe for a holiday, but not regular weeknight food, for sure.

  Before attempting, you should know the salmon is made en papillote (in parchment). It's a super simple way to make fish that doesn't dry it out, but there's a little bit of technique to folding the paper. I suggest this video to learn how to do it.
Fold and fold and fold some more!

  Otherwise, here are the recipes!

Citrus Salmon en Papillote

4 4oz wild salmon fillets with skin
3 Tbl olive oil
1 orange, lime, and lemon
2 tsp dill weed
S&P to taste
4 12 inch squares of parchment paper

Pre heat oven to 450 degrees. Brush skin side of fillet with olive oil and place slightly off center on parchment paper. Brush the top of the fish with olive oil. If desired, lightly salt and pepper salmon and then sprinkle with dill weed. Place one slice of each citrus across the top of the fish and sprinkle lightly again with dill. Fold the paper into packets. Repeat with other 3 fillets, then arrange packets on a cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until fish flakes apart.
Place the packets on each plate and cut and X in the top of the paper being mindful of the steam and not to cut the food.
Serves 4

Roasted Garlic Greenbeans
We make these as a side dish at least 3 times a week, so easy and great for you!

1lb fresh green beans, trimmed
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs garlic powder
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread green beans onto baking sheet and sprinkle salt and garlic powder over green beans, then drizzle on olive oil. Using a spatula, stir the green beans until all are evenly coated with oil, salt and garlic. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through for even browning.
Serves 4

Stuffed Mushrooms
I found this on and adapted it to replace the egg and pork, and made my own 'crumbs'

24 oz white button mushrooms
1/3 lb sweet italian chicken sausage
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup marsala wine
1 whole package Tofutti "Cream Cheese"
1 1/2 tsp EnerG Egg Replacer, plus 2 Tbs water, mixed well
S&P to taste
Gluten free bread crumbs (I used crushed rice chex with salt... it's ok in a pinch but probably not as good as real GF bread crumbs)

Clean mushrooms and dry. Pop stems out and set caps aside. Finely chop stems and set aside also. Brown sausage over medium heat, then remove to a plate to cool. In the same pan used for the sausage, saute onions and garlic over low heat about 2 minutes. Add the wine and allow to evaporate. Add in chopped mushroom stems and cook another 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and set mixture aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, mix Tofutti Cream Cheese with egg replacement mixture until smooth, then slowly stir in both the sausage and the mushroom stem mixture. Place in fridge for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350. Using a spoon, gently carve out center of mushrooms so there is a clean cavity. Spoon cream cheese mixture into mushrooms, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
Bake for 25 minutes, then broil for 2 minutes to brown the tops.
Serves way more than 4... this recipe could easily be halved and be fine.

It was nice to all sit down to something that felt a little bit gourmet... at least more so than meatloaf and mashed potatoes anyway!

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