Monday, February 18, 2013

Plank Grilled Salmon with Fresh Blackberry and Balsamic Sauce


Ingredients:

4 small pieces salmon or one large fillet.
1 tsp olive oil
Juice of half lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste
Salad – spring greens, spinach or mix (I used 50/50)
Optional: walnuts, shredded parmesan cheese, extra blackberries

Blackberry and Balsamic Sauce:

1 cup fresh blackberries, pureed
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp water



Directions:

1.    Soak wood planks in water for at least an hour, up to 24 hours. Use a large pan and hold the plank down with a full glass of water.




2.    Marinate salmon in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper for 20-30 minutes.
3.    Once your charcoal is hot, place wood planks over direct heat for 15 minutes.
4.    While the plank is heating up, make the sauce. Puree the blackberries, and then combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, then strain.
5.    Brush plank with oil, then place salmon, skin-side down, on plank.



6.    Cover grill and cook, without turning, for about 15 minutes for a large fillet, or 10 minutes if you’re using smaller cut pieces, until fish flakes in large chunks.
7.    Serve salmon over bed of greens, with nuts, blackberries and shredded cheese, and top with blackberry sauce. Enjoy!


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