Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Salmon Baked in Foil

By Paul Briand

Chef Jackie Oliver has been a constant guest as part of the NBC Today Show’s coverage of the Olympic Games in London.

Conveniently enough, I stumbled across this Oliver recipe in the August/September issue of AARP The Magazine.

His recipe for salmon that’s baked in a foil parcel with green beans and pesto is an easy, flavorful, and all-in-one method of cooking your main dish and vegetable side dish.

2 handfuls of green beans
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons
2 chunky salmon fillets (about a half pound each), skin on
2 heaped tablespoons green pesto
Olive oil

(See before and after shots above.)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees;
2. Trim the beans by cutting off the stalk ends but leaving the wispy ends;
3. Halve the lemon;
4. Take a yard of aluminum foil and fold in half;
5. Take a handful of green beans and put at center of foil;
6. Layer a salmon fillet skin side down on top of the green beans;
7. Spoon a heaping tablespoon on top of fillet, then drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and douse with juice from lemon half;
8. Repeat process with second filet;
9. Fold the foil over the mixture and seal all the edges to create a parcel and place each on a baking sheet;
10. Cook until the salmon is done, about 25 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness;
11. Remove from oven and let sit one minute;
12. Carefully unwrap before serving, the steam is very hot.

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