Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Salmon with Puff Pastry and Pesto
So I was trying to think of a nice dinner to serve tonight for Brian's birthday and came across this recipe from Giada's cookbook (Giada's Kitchen). This was SUPER easy and very tasty and looked really fancy without all of the fuss . . . I served it along with some fresh cooked spinach. Enjoy!!
Ingredients (makes 4 servings)
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 (10- to 12-ounce) center-cut salmon fillets
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup purchased pesto
2 tomatoes, sliced
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray half of the foil with cooking spray.
Unfold the puff pastry sheet on a cutting board and use a sharp pairing knife to cut 4 equal squares. Prick each square all over with the tines of a fork. Arrange the pastry squares on the sprayed end of the baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Cut the salmon fillets in half crosswise to make 4 pieces about 3 inches square. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and arrange them on the other end of the baking sheet. Sprinkle each piece of the salmon with 1 tbs of the sliced almonds. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown and the salmon is firm.
To serve: place a piece of puff pastry on each plate. Top the pastry with 1 tbs of pesto. Arrange 2 slices of tomato over the pesto and top with the salmon. Serve immediately.