Salmon En Croûte

Enjoy the taste of Salmon En Croûte, a French dish that pairs the rich flavor of salmon with the buttery puff pastry.

January 11, 2024
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 50 mins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C). Lightly flour a rolling surface and roll out the thawed puff pastry into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Trim the edges to make a clean rectangle.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, until fragrant. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and stir in the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
  4. Spread the spinach filling evenly over the puff pastry rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides.
  5. Place the salmon fillet, skin-side up, on top of the filling. Brush the salmon with Dijon mustard and sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper.
  6. Fold the opposite sides of the puff pastry over the salmon, overlapping slightly in the center. Pinch the edges closed to seal. Brush the entire pastry with the egg wash.
  7. Place the wrapped salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the salmon is cooked through.
  9. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Salmon En Croûte
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
Calories800
% Daily Value*
Protein 40 g80%
Total Fat 50 g64.1%
Sodium 500 mg21.7%
Sodium 500 mg21.7%
Sodium 500 mg21.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Tips

  • Use fresh, high-quality salmon for the best flavor and texture.
  • Roll the pastry to an even thickness to ensure uniform cooking.
  • Ensure the edges of the pastry are well-sealed to prevent any filling from leaking.
  • If your puff pastry starts to puff up excessively during baking, gently prick it with a fork to release steam.
  • For an extra crispy crust, preheat your baking sheet before adding the salmon en croûte.
  • Consider incorporating spinach, cream cheese, or herbs like dill for added flavor.
  • Brush the pastry with an egg wash for a golden and glossy finish. For more, check out our ‘What Is Egg Wash?’ article.
  • Let the salmon rest for a few minutes before wrapping in pastry to avoid excess moisture.
  • Bake at a high temperature to ensure the pastry is crispy and golden.
  • Serve with roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes for a complete meal.
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This Salmon En Croûte recipe is an explosion of textures and flavors. Flaky puff pastry cradles a creamy spinach and ricotta filling, all wrapped around salmon with Dijon mustard and herbs. It's a restaurant-worthy masterpiece you can bake at home, impressing loved ones with every golden, buttery bite.

The Origins of Salmon En Croûte

The origins of Salmon En Croûte of French indulgence, of grand feasts held in opulent chateaus where chefs wielded flour and fire with equal artistry. While variations of this delectable dish can be traced back centuries, the modern incarnation emerged in the early 20th century, finding its rightful place among the classics of French cuisine. Its name itself is a poetic declaration, "Saumon en Croûte" translating to "Salmon in Crust," succinctly capturing the essence of this culinary jewel.

But Salmon En Croûte isn't just a canvas for French tradition; it's a dish that readily embraces modern interpretations. Gone are the days of dense, heavy pastries and bland, overcooked fish. This recipe champions a lighter, airier puff pastry, one that crackles with golden perfection, releasing a symphony of buttery aromas with each bite. The creamy spinach and ricotta filling adds a luxurious note, its subtle sweetness perfectly complementing the savory salmon.

What To Serve with Salmon En Croûte?

Salmon En Croûte can be served with a variety of side dishes that complement its rich flavors.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Salmon En Croûte:

How To Store Salmon En Croûte?

Salmon en croute can be enjoyed fresh out of the oven, but it also stores well and makes for fantastic leftovers! Here are some tips on how to store and reheat your flaky masterpiece:

Storing:

Whole Dish: If you have leftovers of the entire salmon en croute, let it cool completely at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent the pastry from drying out. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Individual Slices: If you only have a few slices leftover, consider storing them individually for better convenience. Wrap each slice in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in an airtight container. This will help prevent them from drying out and absorbing other flavors in the fridge.

Reheating:

Whole Dish: To reheat the entire salmon en croute, preheat your oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Place the wrapped en croute on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until heated through. This method helps maintain the crispness of the pastry.

Individual Slices: You can reheat individual slices in the oven or microwave. For the oven, preheat to 325 °F (165 °C) and bake the wrapped slices for about 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through. In the microwave, place the wrapped slice on a microwave-safe plate and heat on medium power for 1-2 minutes, checking frequently to avoid overcooking.

Tips:

  • When reheating, be careful not to overcook the salmon, as it can become dry.
  • To refresh the puff pastry, you can brush it with a little melted butter before reheating.
  • Serve your reheated salmon en croute with a side of fresh salad or roasted vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal.

Wine & Dine

White Wine:

Chardonnay: A classic choice, Chardonnay with its rich body and creamy texture harmonizes beautifully with the buttery puff pastry and creamy filling. Opt for unoaked Chardonnay from Burgundy or Chablis for a more mineral-driven pairing, or a lightly oaked Chardonnay from California or Australia for a richer, buttery counterpoint.

Pinot Grigio: This crisp and refreshing white offers a delightful contrast to the richness of the dish. Look for Pinot Grigio from Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region for its zesty acidity and pear or citrus notes.

Sauvignon Blanc: If you prefer a touch of acidity, Sauvignon Blanc can be a great choice. Opt for a Sancerre from the Loire Valley in France for its vibrant minerality and herbal notes, or a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for its bolder grapefruit and gooseberry flavors.

Rosé:

Dry Rosé: Don't underestimate the versatility of rosé! A dry rosé with good acidity can stand up to the savory notes of the Salmon En Croute while offering a light and refreshing counterpoint. Opt for a Provençal rosé from France for its delicate herbal notes, or a Sangiovese rosé from Italy for its subtle earthiness.

Additional Tips:

  • Consider the overall vibe of your meal. If you're aiming for a casual elegance, a lighter-bodied white or rosé will be a perfect match. For a more celebratory occasion, a richer Chardonnay or Pinot Noir could be a delightful choice.
  • Take into account your personal preferences! Ultimately, the best wine is the one you enjoy the most. So trust your palate and explore different varietals to find the perfect pairing for your Salmon En Croute masterpiece.
Recipe byPetite Gourmets

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