I was ready for a light summer meal after damaging storms blasted through the area causing wide-spread power outages. Huge old trees that hold the history of our land have been uprooted and chaotically tossed about, personal property that has been meticulously cared for has been destroyed along with people’s hopes and dreams. Most everyone was thrust into some sort of temporary frontier life. While roughing it is fun; it looses it’s luster after about 48 hours leaving the harsh realization of just how dependant this society is on the luxuries of everyday life. Several places are still waiting for power to be restored. The power companies have been working for 8 days to clean up the mess and restore some sense of normalcy to our area. In returning to a normal summer life I came across this light meal that taste like a summer evening in every bite. I hope you enjoy it!
Salmon in White Chocolate Dill-Lemon Sauce:
You will need 2 large Salmon Steaks
1 oz of Cocoa Mill Solid White Chocolate
4 Tbsp of butter
1 Tbsp of flour
1/2 cup of fish or chicken stock
1/2 tsp of pepper
1/4 tsp of salt
1 1/2 tsp of dill
4 tsp of lemon juice
2 Tbsp of olive oil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
In a sauce pan melt 2 Tbsp of butter and the white chocolate over medium heat. After the butter and chocolate are melted add the flour and stir until the butter/chocolate is absorbed. Add half of the stock until the liquid begins to thicken, add remainder of the stock and stir until mixed throughly. Reduce to low heat add pepper, salt, lemon juice, and dill. Simmer stirring occasionally until fish is ready to serve.
In a skillet melt the remaining butter and olive oil. Salt and pepper the salmon and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes per side, or until done. Remove fish from the skillet and add the garlic heat lightly for about 3 minutes until the garlic just starts to turn brown. Top the salmon with the garlic. At this point if you have any steamed vegetables throw them into the skillet with the heat off just to incorporate the garlic and butter taste into the vegetables.
Remove the sauce from the heat and drizzle over the salmon until lightly covered.
This dish is best served with steamed broccoli, asparagus, or green beans. I enjoyed a nice cucumber and tomatoes salad, just to have that full summer taste.
Enjoy summer with chocolate!