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Recipe of the Week: Salmon with Sweet Chili Glaze

salmon with sweet chili glaze

Salmon: It's what's for dinner.

You know how you get obsessed with certain recipes for a while and want to make them all the time? Well this salmon is a recent fave of mine. It’s made an appearance on the Weekly Menu a few times, but I thought I’d elevate it to Recipe of the Week status and feature it.

The kids wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole — too hot — but since salmon is one of the few things we’ll all eat, we can feed them a simple skillet-roasted fish with olive oil, S & P, then shuffle them off to bed and have our own dinner in peace.

I love this recipe for two reasons:

1. It’s super-flavorful, with a real punch of sweet and hot. (Sometimes I kick up the heat a bit more by adding chili pepper flakes, too.)

2. It’s no-brainer easy. It’s fun to try new recipes, but sometimes you just want a dish you have to give almost no thought to. This one you can prep, let sit for 30 minutes while you have a glass of wine and uninterrupted conversation with your spouse, then cook in a flash.

We first tried the recipe last spring, and the original (as you’ll see when you hop to the link) calls for fresh spring sugar snap peas and pea tendrils. It was yummy and we’ll try that version again this spring, I’m sure. But for now, we’ve been serving the fish with sauteed greens or a salad, usually with a little rice of some sort on the side.

The recipe says to whisk together your ingredients and then spoon the sauce over the salmon to let it sit; I whisk everything in a square glass dish and then place the fish flesh side down in the sauce to marinate, which I think gives it more intense flavor.

Got an amazingly easy and flavorful dish that you’re currently making again and again? Tell us! Maybe we’ll add it to our Weekly Menu.

Salmon with Sweet Chili Glaze (from Bon Appetit)

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Food glorious food

Is your kid a gastrokid?  Do you know what a gastrokid is?  If you answered no to both questions, or if you answered maybe and okay, I don’t know, then you are just like Melisa and I!

We received this book in the mail yesterday from a friend:

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It’s written by one Welsh guy (thus the whole U.K. gastro-thing I assume) and a guy who writes for Bon Appetit.  They have a website, btw, called gastrokid.com.  Melisa and I thumbed through the book and found a lot of delicious sounding things.  Burrata and tomatoes and basil with extra virgin olive oil? Yes!  Japanese eggplant, grilled and tossed with haloumi and mint? Sounds tasty.  Sausage with sagey white beans?  Serve it up.  Moroccan chicken with olives and capers and pine nuts? Been meaning to make it for years.  Salmon saltimbocca, pasta with red pepper flakes, anchovies, and cauliflower, oh yeah…oh wait.  The kids won’t eat this.  I’m actually still on the fence about anchovies myself (I like them camouflaged- no need to see their fishy little bodies).

Anyway, I don’t know.  I’m not sure I agree anymore with the authors’ idea that every kid is born ready to like everything.  I might have gone with this based on kid 1 (remembering his first food tour of France as a big success),

Jasper chowing down  in France- age 1

Jasper chowing down in France- age 1

…but kid 2’s “everything” is a decidedly more discerning list.

That said, we are desperately trying to get out of the rut we are in.  You may recognize the rut: mac ‘n’ cheese, pizza, hot dogs, hummus, grilled chicken.  We WANT the kids to be adventurous eaters and love risotto and pancetta and shrimp and chorizo as much as we do. And exposure to new food seems to be a good way to start…

I think we’ll start  slow- maybe the zucchini hummus and cornflake chicken first, and then we’ll try working our way up to the parsley and pine nut pasta sauce, brussels sprout chiffonade and whole cooked branzino à la Bill Buford’s book Heat.

Stay tuned…

Whoops, I guess a kid table isn't the right image for this

The kids table...maybe not the most appropriate image for this post, but cute!


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