Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jake Castle's Recipe

Jake Castle: Hero in Castle’s Fortress   
Occupation: Owner of a Castle SecurityCastle's Fortress

Fave food: Salmon en Croute

Preparation and cooking time:35 minutes
Cooking a whole salmon in puff pastry is a classic party dish. This is a scaled down version for individual servings. For a dinner party they can be assembled ahead and baked at the last minute. The salmon stays moist and perfectly flaky. I've given the dimensions used in the photos. If your salmon is a different shape, you need enough pastry to cover it. Trim any excess.

Yes, It's a bit indulgent - but we all need that occasionally


  • 2 pieces of salmon, skinned - about 3" wide by 4" long by 1" thick (5cm X 10cm x 2.5 cm), 350gr, 12.5oz
  • 1 large or 2 small sheets of puff pastry, 246gr, 8.7oz
  • 2 tsp dried or fresh dill weed
  • 4 tsp whole grain mustard, 20gr, .7oz
  • Tarragon Cream Sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock less 2 tbs, 75gr, 2.65oz
  • 1/3 cup white wine, 75gr, 2.65oz
  • 1 shallot, 45gr, 1.6oz
  • 1 tbs butter, 14.2gr, .5oz
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried tarragon substitute 1 tbs fresh
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs stock, 8gr, .3oz
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, crème fraiche or sour cream, 100gr, 3.5oz Greek Yogurt


  • Lightly roll puff pastry dough if needed. It needs to be just large enough to cover the salmon with an overlap of 1/2 - 1 inch (1.25 - 2.5cm).
  • Lightly cover an area roughly the size of the salmon with dill.
  • Skin salmon if needed, and cut/trim.
  • Place salmon on top of dill.
  • Spread 2 tsp mustard on the salmon.
  • Depending on the shape of your fish you can bring opposite corners together (if it's square-ish) or fold over (if it's long-ish).
  • Press the meeting edges of the puff pastry together to seal. It's okay if there are gaps in the 'package' as long as the pastry is sealed together enough to hold it's shape as it bakes.
  • Repeat with the other piece of salmon.
  • Bake at 400F (200C) for 15 - 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
  • Remove and serve with Tarragon Cream Sauce on the side.
  • Tarragon Cream Sauce
  • Finely chop shallots.
  • In small saucepan over medium heat sauté shallots in butter until tender.
  • Add tarragon, wine and stock and bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Mix cornstarch in 2 tbs stock and stir into simmering stock. Cook until thickened - should be quite thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in yogurt.
  • Cover and keep warm until serving.

Note: Puff pastry can be found in either the refrigerator or freezer section. You will want 2 sheets about 9 inches square. If they are not big enough you can roll them out a bit (using a rolling pin).

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