Whether you've invited her over for the first time or are looking to impress someone you already live with, there is no chance they won't go weak at the knees at this. That's a Food For Fellas guarantee. Unless you either a) fuck it up (that's on you) or b) serve it to someone who hates salmon... Watch her eyes light up as you serve this up, safe in the knowledge that it was an absolute piece of piss. The crispy topping looks incredible sitting on top of a beautiful cream cheese with hints of garlic and lemon combining brilliantly above a perfectly cooked piece of salmon. Even I'm getting turned on just writing about it.
How it's done
Easily - in a word. It seems like a lot of prep but it really isn't. When making this version for the blog, I paired it with some beautifully roasted new potatoes and green beans. If you want to do exactly what you see here then get some new potatoes and slice them in half. Lob them into a roasting dish with a good lug of olive oil, lots of salt and some fresh rosemary sprigs. Mix it all up with your hands so every potato is covered in oil and stick in the oven on 200C for 50 minutes.
- Two pieces of salmon fillet (skinned and boned - the wider, flatter fillets are best)
- A tub of cream cheese
- A lemon
- Fresh breadcrumbs
- Grated parmesan cheese
- A bunch of fresh parsley
- Smoked paprika
First things first. Lightly grease a baking tray or roasting dish (or stick down some greaseproof paper - your call). Season the salmon lightly on both sides and stick the fillets onto the tray. Tip about half of the tub of cream cheese into a bowl and crush one garlic clove into it before finely grating in half of the lemon rind and mixing. Spread this awesome mixture on top of the salmon.
Next, in another bowl, throw in some breadcrumbs and the grated parmesan and mix. Then chop up some parsley and throw that in as well. Take a good long sniff of the bowl. Smell that? That's success my friend, right there. Liberally top both pieces of salmon with the breadcrumb mixture along with a dusting of the smoked paprika and put them in the oven when the potatoes have around 25 minutes of cook time remaining. When you open the oven to put the salmon in, get the potatoes out and give them a shake or move them around with a spatula to get an even cook. You now got 25 minutes to get ready for the night of your life.
Don't be a dick and ruin all of your hard work by making the whole thing look crap on the plate! Be very careful when you get the salmon out because it will break up very easily and look shit. Pair this with a delicious, fruity white wine and you are on to a winner. Food For Fellas - the gift that keeps on giving. Please share this post and if you end up making it, let us know how you get on.