Monday, December 14, 2009

December 2009 Daring Cooks' Challenge--SALMON EN CROUTE

The 2009 Daring Cooks' Challenge was hosted by Simone of Junglefrog Cooking. Simone chose Salmon En Croute (or alternative recipes for Beef Wellington or Vegetabe En Croute) from Good Food Online.
Oh wow, it's that time of the month again for the Daring Cooks' Challenge!! And this time, I finished mine early!! I chose to make Salmon En Croute even though we were given the option to make Beef Wellington or Vegetable En Croute. Things are a bit hectic here in my part of the world, Christmas starts early in the Philippines, as soon as the "ber" months hits the calendar, everyone is on holiday mode already. The supermarket was full when I arrived at 11 in the morning but thankfully, I still managed to get a slab of salmon fillet, which is not available in the supermarkets near my house. I also chose to use spinach and cream cheese for my sauce. I didn't want to deviate too much from the recipe because I wanted the salmon to be the center of the show. I also made my own shortcrust pastry and didnt have any problems with it. It was the right consistency and wasnt tough at all when baked. And the colors were wonderful...
Spinach and Creamcheese sauce

Salmon on the rolled out shortcrust pasty

Spinach sauce on top of the salmon on top of the shortcrust pastry :)

My Salmon En Croute egg-washed and ready for baking, notice I used the star cut-outs to hide the almost-open pastry :)

The finished product!!
I was happy with this challenge and I think I will be using this recipe for our Christmas dinner on the 24th. The most important thing I did was to choose the freshest salmon I could find because in the end, salmon was the star of this dish.
Thank you Simone for choosing this challenge. A very merry Christmas to everyone!!





21 comments:

TaGa_Luto said...

Your shortcrust does look beautiful. The en croute look moist and i assume your salmon is very fresh. I will have to try the shortcrust pastry on my next try. I miss the Christmas there! I remember we use to visit Cavite City for their street Christmas decorations. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!!!

Wic said...

absolute amazing looking dish. love the pasty and the flaky fish.

unpredictablekitchen said...

Beautiful! I love your stars. I should've tried to conceal my cracks with cutouts.

Jenny said...

Your salmon looks perfect! Beautiful colors, and good on you for making your own pastry! I made the beef version (with moose/elk) but I definitely need to do the salmon as well. Great job on the challenge and happy holidays!

Asha @ FSK said...

agree the fish is indeed the star!! great work on the pastry :))

Lauren said...

Gorgeous! I love the stars =D. Good idea getting the best salmon - it looks like it made it just that much better!

Junglefrog said...

Your salmon en croute does look beautiful and I like the little stars on top!Glad you liked the challenge and merry christmas to you too!

Rochelle said...

Love those little stars on top of the pastry! They give it such a pretty and interesting look :)

bcswerit said...

your challenge looks divine! congratulations

Monkeyshines in the Kitchen said...

Your pastry looks fantastic. I really love the way you added the stars - so festive and perfect for this time of the year.

Sarah said...

I don't see any cracks! But I do see that you like stars too. Great job in the challenge and with your photography; you captured the minty sauce and pink of the salmon so well.

Simon said...

Nice work with the challenge. Looks like yours cooked through rather nicely :)

anjelikuh said...

WOnderful salmon en croute! Love the shooting stars you put on it, and your family/guests are gonna be real lucky to have these on christmas dinner, merry christmas to you too!

6p01053695af5a970b said...

Glad you had success with your shortcrust! I struggled with mine a bit but I think I know why...

Catalina said...

Mmmm that looks so yummy!
Your salmon is beautiful - cute star cut outs!

bake in paris said...

Love the stars... they make great presentation. And from the look of the en croute I believe the taste is delicious. :-)

Sawadee from Bangkok,
Kris

nikki said...

Your Salmon en Croute is perfectly colored and decorated. Fabulous job!

nikki said...

Your Salmon en Croute is perfectly colored and decorated. Fabulous job!

Valérie said...

Great job! Love the stars, they really make the dish, um, sparkle (sorry, couldn't resist!). And I agree, the salmon is the highlight of this show, even though the pastry makes it special to look at.

lisamichele said...

I LOVE the addition of cream cheese, as it goes together with salmon like peanut butter does with jelly! I also used stars on one of my wellingtons, and as you mentioned, it works great to cover up any openings that are inevitable or have already started to happen! Beautifully done all around..and great pictures!+

Olga said...

It looks great: cute star decorations.