Veggie lovers, behold! I have found the perfect summer dinner. Perfect. And there is no exaggeration there.
This was, by far, the easiest and most tasty recipe this week. The asparagus soup is probably the one that could give a run for its money on the tasty side, although I am not sure which one would actually win, but this meal, WOW. Great taste, fresh ingredients, and super quick and simple. So simple, in fact, that it was a little like A B C or 1 2 3... 4.
ONE -- Cook the potatoes TWO -- Make a simple vinaigrette
THREE -- Roast the potatoes and asparagus FOUR -- Toss all together
And FIVE I guess -- Add cooked salmon on top. Ta-da!
This seriously took me about 25 minutes from start to finish, and half of that time was free time waiting for things to cook. My only disappointment was my salmon. I am a great salmon cook-er. Usually I just sprinkle some lemon-pepper on top and broil it on high for about 7 minutes. EXCELLENT salmon, my friends. This recipe had me bake it, which I think would have been OK except I went all cheap-o and bought frozen salmon. The cheapest frozen salmon, not the kind I usually buy. Tried to save a buck and I was met with lots of white ooze on my salmon (which is why you will see no close-up the fish itself, I want to spare you). So next time I will make these veggies, broil my salmon -- FRESH SALMON -- like normal, and enjoy one of the freshest meals mother nature has to offer.
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But for now, enjoy this on a nice summer evening. You will not regret it.
Scores? 10 and 10.
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 pound small red-skinned potatoes (about 6), quartered lengthwise
- 2 cups white mushrooms (about 5 ounces), halved
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 bunch asparagus, cut crosswise into thirds (about 2 cups)
- Four 6-ounce salmon fillets with skin
- 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- Grated peel and juice of 1/2 lemon
(Recipe from rachaelray.com)
- Preheat the oven to 425°. In a large, ovenproof skillet, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Stir in the asparagus and roast in the oven until the asparagus is crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, rub the salmon all over with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the salmon, skin side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet; roast until opaque in the center, about 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the parsley, garlic, lemon peel, lemon juice and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss with the roasted vegetables and serve with the salmon.
COST = $14.70 PER SERVING (3) = $4.90