To continue our fancy Giada de Laurentiis meal, I decided we should try her super-popular Salmon with Puff Pastry and Pesto. I've heard nothing but wonderful reviews about it. However, until I actually sat down and read the recipe to prepare the grocery list, I had always envisioned the salmon inside the puff pastry. Instead, it is bizarrely placed on top of it. However, the entire dish is amazingly delicious. Yes, delicious! A salmon recipe I enjoyed! I also didn't screw up the fish - I cooked it perfectly all the way through and it was wonderful. The puff pastry was very interesting and it all fit together really nicely. We were big fans of this and would probably make it again.
For those concerned about the trans fat in puff pastry, Trader Joe's just started carrying a trans-fat-free puff pastry in their freezer section. That's why it's taken me so long to make this!
Salmon with Puff Pastry and Pesto
From Giada de Laurentiis
4 pieces of purchased puff pastry, each cut to be just larger than a piece of salmon
4 (4 to 6-ounce) pieces salmon
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup purchased pesto
2 tomatoes, sliced
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
On a foil-lined baking sheet, place the 4 pieces of puff pastry. Also place the 4 pieces of salmon, being careful to make sure they are not touching. Sprinkle each piece of salmon with 1 tablespoon of the sliced almonds. Bake for 10 minutes.
To serve, place each piece of puff pastry on a plate. Top each puff pastry with 1 tablespoon of pesto. Top the pesto with 2 slices of tomatoes each. Top the tomatoes with the salmon and serve.
Yield: 4 servings