Orange-Thyme Scented Salmon with Cranberry Wild Rice

Feeling like a little fish……………..

GRILLED SALMON WITH ORANGE-THYME BUTTER

Yield: 6 Portions

Orange- Thyme Butter

Butter, softened 1/2 cup

Almonds, blanched and ground 4 Tbs

Orange juice, fresh 2 Tbs

Thyme leaves, fresh 2 tsp

Orange zest 1 tsp

Salt as needed

Ground black pepper as needed

Salmon fillets, skin removed 6 each about 6 oz.

Lemon, juiced 1

Vegetable oil (for brushing) as needed

Method

1. Blend the butter with the ground almonds, orange juice, thyme, orange zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Place on a piece of plastic wrap. Roll into a I-inch diameter cylinder and secure the ends by twisting. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.

2. Preheat a gas grill to medium; leave one burner off, If you are using a charcoal grill, build a fire and let it bum down until the coals are glowing red with a moderate coating of white ash. Spread the coals in an even bed on one side of the grill. Clean the cooking grate.

3. Season the fish with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Brush evenly with oil.

4. Grill each salmon fillet to the desired doneness (usually medium).

5. Top each fillet with a slice of the orange-thyme butter. Place into a hot oven or pass under a broiler just long enough to begin melting the butter.

6. Serve immediately on a warm platter.

WILD RICE PILAF WITH DRIED CRANBERRIES

 6 Portions

Dried cranberries 1/4 cup

Dry white wine 5 Tbsp

Butter 3 Tbsp

Onion, diced 1/4 cup

Wild rice 1 1/2 cups

Chicken stock 2 cups (hot stock)

Apple cider 1 1/2 cups

Salt 1 tsp

Ground black pepper 1/4 tsp

Shallots, unpeeled 2

Salt as needed

Method

1. Plump the cranberries in the wine for about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepot over medium heat. Cook the onions until they are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and toast lightly, about 1 minute.

3. Add the reserved cranberry liquid, stock, apple cider, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cover the pot tightly. Cook in a 35o degree oven until the rice is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed, about 1 hour. The rice may also be cooked over low heat on the stovetop.

4. Place the unpeeled shallots on a bed of coarse salt in 375°oven until exterior is very crisp, about 20 minutes. Allow the shallots to cooL Remove the skin and then shred the flesh.

5. Combine the cooked wild rice with the plumped cranberries, and season to taste with salt and ground black pepper.

6. Garnish with the roasted, shredded shallots.

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