Daring Cooks: Salmon en Croute

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on December 14, 2009

Lets talk about pastry.  Gluten free pastry to be precise.  In some ways, it is much more difficult than gluten pastry, as the flours don’t always work, and you need just the right balance of starch, airiness and flours.  On the other hand, we don’t have to fight with the gluten.  No resting, unless you’re keeping the fat cold.  Yes, it can crumble but it can also stay together and be more amazing than the gluten-containing one.  After all, it is gluten free!  So lets get to this challenge.  This month, the Daring Cooks made salmon en croute (or beef wellington if they preferred), which is salmon, with a green sauce on top, wrapped in shortcrust (a type of pastry).  Although I waited to the last possible day to make this, I absolutely loved it.  It was just what I needed.  I’m still perfecting a shortcrust recipe to show you, but I highly recommend trying this out, using whatever your favourite savoury pastry is.

The 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Simone of Junglefrog Cooking. Simone chose Salmon en Croute (or alternative recipes for Beef Wellington or Vegetable en Croute) from Good Food Online.

With our salmon en croute, I made brussels sprouts.  It was the first time I had ever had them, and I loved them!  Dad said they were the best ones he had ever had.  I think I’ll be making those again and again.  The recipe I used was from 101 Cookbooks.  Heidi always has fantastic recipes there.

Nice and simple.
I really wish we had bought more.  I could eat a bowl of these all by myself.
Seriously, they’re good.
So, the dough cracked a little.  It was sorta like that when I put it in the oven.  (the crackly skin developed afterwards).  Hey, well at least it tasted okay.
See?  I made dinner.  I love making dinner (once in awhile…)
The obligatory “inside shot”.  That green stuff is spinach and cream cheese whizzed in the food processor.  See how the salmon is perfectly cooked?  Yeah.  I really should not be writing this late at night.  I’m starving.  Again.

Thanks to Simone for this challenge, I really enjoyed it!  Its delicious and not too difficult =D.

Enjoy your week!  I cannot believe its almost Christmas.  I’ve still got about 3 major finals.  And one of the biggest projects this year.  If I go Christmas crazy, that would be bad.  Very bad.  Well, at least I’ll have some good treats either way =D.


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