We love balsamic vinegar. It goes well with just about any vegetable or protein, and it’s one of our top two go-to seasonings for salmon. With the beautiful weather this weekend, I wanted do something a little different. I wanted to make a balsamic glaze, and I wanted to take advantage of the glorious summer whether and use our grill and cedar planks.
Cedar imparts a beautiful smokey, slightly sweet and earthy flavor to fish and vegetables. By bringing in the balsamic glaze, I hoped to harmoniously blend that flavor with the sweet and tangy richness of the balsamic glaze. The thyme, I thought, would tame some of the sweetness and help blend the cedar and balsamic flavors well.
I’m pleased to say it worked rather well. We hope you enjoy this new twist on some classic flavors for salmon!
When thinking up new salmon recipes, we look for inspiration every where, even the local Costco. Costco sells crab-stuffed salmon year-round. Growing up, my parents would buy it on rare occasions, and it was always delicious. Heather and I often pick up salmon from Costco, but we’ve never bought the crab-stuffed salmon because we weren’t thrilled by the ingredient list.
Thankfully, we recently perfected our homemade mayonnaise recipe. It works as an amazing binder for recipes just like this one. We thoroughly recommend this salmon, as it’s a delicious dish that is great for a quiet night at home or for entertaining family and friends. With very little preparation, you’ll be enjoying this for dinner and wow’ing everyone in no time.
Salmon is one of my favorite foods. It’s fish, but not fishy. It’s delicious with nothing more than lemon and strong enough to withstand a battery of spices. Most of the time, we keep it simple: lemon slices and dill with a little garlic or ghee or onion.
Last week, I wanted to do something different but still simple. I wanted to give our salmon a little crunch. I have seen others slather the fish with mustard; but I wondered to myself, what if I use mustard seeds? Could I make a crunchy, mustard-y crust? The answer was yes! So, here it is: mustard and dill crusted salmon. I hope you enjoy this new twist on an old favorite as much as we do.
For this week, I wanted to share a variation on breakfast sandwiches that I put together for Mother’s day. As a lifeguard growing up, we often went to the local deli for ham, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel, and I remember how great it was to be able to eat whatever I wanted with no noticeable affect.
These are a little fancier, but will still hit the spot for breakfast. Feel free to go wild and take your own spin with them, this is just a basic suggestion. The added bonus was being able to pick up these eggs from the local farm the morning of and enjoy them hours after laying. Cooking eggs that fresh requires a different approach, but boy are they delicious.
A few weeks ago we made these awesome Basil Salmon Burgers from Loren Cordain’s The Paleo Diet Cookbook, but we had so much basil-salmon mix that we chose to freeze some of it for a later date.
This weekend, I was feeling a bit creative and realized we could use the mix to make a salmon loaf. Why not, right? Toss in a little almond flour, some egg… shouldn’t be too hard.
I was so proud of myself–I thought I was being really quite clever and unique. Only later I called my mom to tell her about it, and she said “Oh! I have a great salmon loaf recipe from Grandma.” It deflated my spirits a tiny bit, but no matter. I was still excited to try it.
It really was quite easy!
I mixed together approx. 3 cups of the basil-salmon mixture, 1 egg and 1/4 cup of almond flour.
Then Brent suggested topping it with some of the shredded white sweet potato we had left over from other recipes, for the sake of texture.
I baked it at 350 for about 40 minutes.
It came out beautifully. It was not quite as salty as the basil-salmon burgers, and the crunch from the shredded sweet potato was really a nice touch.
Oh, and I forgot to mention: we didn’t bother greesing the pan. Salmon is such a fatty fish; if you’re starting with a salmon filet like we did (instead of from the can like my grandmother used to do), there should be plenty of natural oils to keep it from sticking.