Anyone who knows me also knows that I have way too many cookbooks. They number in the thousands I am sure. Everytime I buy one I tell myself this is it. This is the last one I need (like I NEED any of them). Of course that is never the case. I do love my books though. One of my favorite pasttimes is to sit and read my cookbooks. Like a novel. Page by page. Although I do like pictures as much as anyone my favorite part is when the author heads up the recipes with personal comments.
One would think that with all these books to inspire me I would be cooking up a storm and posting more to my blog. And I am going to try to do just that. I recently found myself at the library used book store with my daughters looking for some books for them to read during the summer. Of course I had to take a peek at the cookbook section.....they are only a $1....and I found a brand new copy of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant Cookbook. For a dollar. Ok, this is the last book I need.
I decided that I was going to make something from it right away. So this recipe is inspired by one of theirs. In their recipe they use crab and shrimp to stuff the salmon. I used just shrimp and used less filling and made less sauce than called for and my portions were still very generous. This dinner is really good. My husband said this tastes like something you would get in a restaurant.
Shrimp Stuffed Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce
1 recipe beurre blanc sauce (below)
4 (6 ounce) center cut salmon fillets
6 ounces shrimp, peeled and diced
2 ounces brie cheese, diced (can leave rind on)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 clove garlic, crushed
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
Prepare the beurre blanc sause and keep warm in a double boiler.
Preheat oven to 400. Blend together all the ingredients except the salmon and the sauce. Cut each salmon fillet lenthwise down the center halfway through the fillet and then cut into the fillet to open it up on each side. Divide the stuffing evenly among the fillets and press into the pockets. Bring the sides back up over the filling leaving some filling exposed on top. Bake the fillets for 10 to 12 minutes until done. Transfer to plates and spoon the sauce over top.
Beurre Blanc Sauce
2 ounces white wine vinegar
4 ounces white wine
1 small shallot, diced
pinch of black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 ounces cold butter cut into 6 pieces
In a small sauce pan bring the vinegar, wine, shallot and pepper to a boil. Reduce until the liquid is almost all evaporated. Adde the cream and continue to cook until the cream is thick and reduced by almost half. Strain the sauce pressing on solids then return to the saucepan. Bring back to a simme and then remove thepan from the heat. Add the butter one piece at a time. Swirl the pan with each addition until the butter is completely melted. Keep the sauce warm over a double boiler placed over very low heat.