Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What's for dinner?

I got a piece of salmon out of the freezer yesterday morning intending to make it for dinner - probably just baked as our BBQ is still buried behind a snow drift. I tend to cook salmon on a fairly regular basis, usually without any fancy preparation. It's healthy and my kids like it if it doesn't have any "sauce" or "things" (read: herbs or spices) on it.

When dinner time rolled around, I looked at that beautiful piece of fish and decided it deserved more careful consideration. One of my favorite ways to cook is not trying out new recipes but instead investigating what is in my refrigerator and planning a meal around those ingredients. So, the below recipe is a result of what was in my fridge last night. I cooked some salmon separately, without any "things" on it and fed that to the boys.

Refrigerator Salmon Pasta with Tomatoes, Feta Cheese and Kalamata Olives:
1 lb boneless salmon fillet, cut in 1 inch squares and seasoned with salt, pepper, basil and oregano
3 small tomatoes, cut in large dice
8 kalamata olives, pits removed and sliced
Feta cheese, approximately 3-4 tablespoons
1 teaspoon marsala or white wine
olive oil

Turn the water on to boil for the pasta as you prepare the fish. I used spaghetti, but any kind of pasta will work.

Heat 1 to 2 tablespoon olive oil in large saute pan until medium hot. Add seasoned salmon. Turn pieces as they cook, slightly browning them, about 2-3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, wine, about 1 tablespoon of water and the olives. Turn heat down to medium. Let the ingredients simmer for 3-4 minutes until fish is cooked (cover the saute pan with a lid or flat pan during the last minute of cooking). If there is not enough liquid, add more wine, olive oil and water. Serve fish and broth over hot pasta. Sprikle a tablespoon of feta cheese on each serving and then drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the dish before serving (about 1/4 teaspoon).

Serve with Parmesan Snow Peas:

Heat olive oil in small saute pan until medium hot, add desired amount of snow peas, cook 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn them. Season with salt and pepper, turn the heat down to low and cook 2-3 minutes. Sprinke parmesan cheese over the peas immediately before serving.

What are you cooking for dinner tonight?

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