The Textured Table
The holidays are just around the corner, which means that it’s a time for indulgence and celebrating with family and friends. That is not always the easiest thing to do when you have to do all the cooking. Which is why a simple recipe and doing things in advance can really save the day. I am going to give you two recipes that are incredibly simple, unbelievably delicious and best of all, take almost no time to make. You can even prepare most of it the day before. The first recipe is a baked pesto salmon with a delicate dill sauce. I promise it will look beautiful as the main dish on your table and it will definitely impress.
Method: Combine all your pesto ingredients in a blender and blend well until you get a paste. Make sure that you have checked your fillet for any bones and remove any that you find. Also make sure it fits in your baking tray. You don’t need to remove the skin as that will come off on its own once it’s baked. Line your baking tray with tinfoil and place your salmon on it skin side down. Season it with salt and pepper. Then spread the pesto on the surface. Make sure to cover the entire top of the salmon with the pesto. At this point you can cover the tray with cling film and keep it in your fridge over night ready to bake the next day. The pesto acts like a marinade, adding even more flavor to the fish. If you keep it overnight make sure you leave it out for about thirty minutes before you bake it so that it comes to room temperature. It’s very important that you do this or your fish will not cook all the way through. If you are baking it straight away preheat your oven to 200 degrees C. Bake the salmon for 15 minutes. You can serve it straight away with some easy vegetables or a salad. But don’t forget the sauce.
For the dill sauce:
Combine everything in a bowl and mix well. Serve the sauce at room temperature. It can also be made the day before and kept in the fridge.
Serves 4-6 people (depending on the size of the salmon fillet you get).