When hosting a dinner party on a Friday evening after a long day, I just want to cook something simple yet impressive. One such recipe is Salmon in Puff Pastry as it plates beautifully without extensive prep or garnish.
Salmon in Puff Pastry
adopted from Jamie’s Food Revolution
1/2 packet of pre-made puff pastry
13/4 pounds salmon fillet
1/4 cup black olive tapenade
1/4 pound ball of fresh mozzarella
1 large ripe tomato
a small bunch of fresh basil
1 tbsp of olive oil
all-purpose flour for dusting
salt and pepper to taste
Scale the salmon and marinate it in olive oil, salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Dust a cookie sheet with flour and roll out the pastry into 12″ by 9″ rectangle. Pat the salmon fillet dry and place it skin down on the pastry. Spoon out the tapenade and spread it on the fillet. Slice the tomato and place them on top of the tapenade. Insert a basil leaf between each tomato slice. Slice the mozzarella and spread the slices on top of the tapenade next to the tomato. Fold pastry sides onto the salmon and pinch the corners. Bake for about 30 – 35 minutes on the bottom rack of the oven. Check that the puff pastry corners are cooked before taking out of the oven. Serve on a cutting board straight from the oven.