We had to try something different this time round. So this time we tried something a little more elaborate – how about puff pastry? This dish is ever so simple, and yet will impress any of your envious hall mates who can smell the aroma of the fish and pastry diffusing into the corridors. It’s a classy dish infusing the tastes of mustard, dill and basil – and the best part of all? You can do it easily in 15 minutes! We trust that you need no more persuasion to make this dish.
We made do with store bought pastry since this was our first attempt at making a pastry dish – but you can try making your own puff pastry as well! We will… when we have devoured enough of this dish.
Ingredients for Salmon En Croute (Salmon baked in a pastry crust): Serves 3 – 4
Salmon En Croute
1 side of salmon, about 400g, skinned
A little olive oil
60g unsalted butter, softened
Generous handful of basil leaves
Small handful of dill leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
500g puff pastry
1 egg yolk, beaten
Step-By-Step: Salmon En Croute
Step 1: Line a baking dish with the pastry
Grease the baking dish using a greasing brush or butter paper. Then, line it with the puff pastry.
Step 2: Prepare the herb butter.
Mix the softened butter, dill, and basil leaves in a mixing bowl. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Step 3: Spread the herb butter and wholegrain mustard.
Spread the herb butter on one side of the salmon, and wholegrain mustard on the other side of the salmon. Luscious amounts. Then, place it on top of the puff pastry. Make sure you cover the puff pastry fully without leaving any gaps.
Step 4: Cover the dish with the remaining piece of pastry.
Make sure you cover the dish fully without leaving any gaps. To do so, stick the corners of the pastry together using beaten egg yolk.
Step 5: Glaze with egg yolk.
Fold the pastry before inverting it
Glaze with egg yolk
Invert the pastry over, ensuring that the seamed sides are at the bottom. Then, glaze with generous amounts of egg yolk, so that your pastry will turn out in a beautiful golden brown.
Step 6: Pop it in the oven.
Pre heat oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Then pop it in, and bake for 20-25 minutes. To check if it’s ready, insert a skewer into the middle. It should feel warm for medium cooked salmon, and hot for salmon that is well done.
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