Friday, October 14, 2011

poached salmon, lobster mash, lentil gravy

Court Bouillon Poached Fresh Salmon
Lobster Mashed Potatoes with Butter and Chives
Gumbo “Gravy” with French Lentils

A piece of fish, mashed potatoes & gravy. On steroids. Inspired by the extraordinary marriage of Lobster Fettuccine with Gumbo Sauce, this dish features buttery lobster mashed potatoes paired with a flavorful seafood-based gumbo “gravy” flecked with earthy French lentils. Fresh salmon filets are poached in a court bouillon, imbuing the fish with subtle lemony herbaceous qualities and a silky texture. The robust flavors and extravagant ingredients remake the everyday combination of fish & potatoes into a voluptuous meal.

Lobster Mash Recipe

lobster mashed potatoes
Submerge peeled/quartered potatoes (such as Yukon Gold) in a pot of cold water. Add salt. Bring to a boil then simmer until tender. Drain, then pass potatoes through a ricer. Add butter and season to taste with salt and pepper. Fold in a generous amount of warm lobster meat and chives.

Lentil Gumbo “Gravy” Recipe

gumbo roux

Lentil Gumbo “Gravy” for Seafood

  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1/4 c. yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 c. carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 c. yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c. celery, chopped
  • 1/4 c. grapeseed oil
  •  2 T. flour
  •  2 1/2 c. fish stock
  • 3/4 c. cooked French green lentils
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 t. gumbo filé (ground sassafras leaves)

Caramelize the vegetables in oil over medium-high heat. Add flour, stir with a wooden spoon until the roux is a golden brown, about 20 minutes. Slowly whisk in fish stock and continue to cook at least 30 minutes until the sauce is just starting to thicken. Strain sauce through a fine-mesh sieve, return to a clean sauce pan. Reheat and cook, stirring, to a light gravy consistency then add cooked lentils. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Finish by adding gumbo filé.

Poached Salmon Recipe

poached salmon

Court Bouillon (poaching liquid)

  • 1/4 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 c. water
  • 3/4 c. dry white wine
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • fresh parsley sprigs
  • fresh thyme springs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 t. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 t. peppercorns, crushed

Rough chop onion, carrot and fennel. Add all ingredients to a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer partially covered for an hour. Strain poaching liquid, discard vegetables.

Place salmon filets in a pot. Don’t bother to remove the skin, it will slide right off after poaching. Pour hot court bouillon over the top, completely submerging the fish. Barely simmer, do not boil, until the fish is just barely cooked through – about 10 minutes depending on the size of the filet.
poached salmon instagram

Ladle gravy onto a warm platter, top with lobster mash and poached salmon. Garnish with chives.

*The idea of an everyday combination of fish & potatoes led me to want to portray the image as a meal from the past, something my mother might have served us in the 60’s. The photo above uses an Instagram filter to get that cool old-fashioned quality.

fall fest is featuring potatoes
lobster mash fits the bill

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Fall Fest is a season long franchise where Food Network editors
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Looking for potato inspiration? Take a look at these impressive recipes:

And Love It Too: Twice Baked Potato – Paleo Style
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From My Corner of Saratoga: Potato Canapes
*Napa Farmhouse 1885: Chorizo and Potato Tacos
Cooking Channel: Cozy Up With In Season Potatoes
FN Dish: Best Potato Casserole Recipes
Cooking With Elise: The Irish Boxty
CIA Dropout: Potato and Leek Soup
The Sensitive Epicure: Potatoes Anna With Fresh Thyme and Truffle Salt
Glory Foods: Chicken Smashed Potatoes
Daily*Dishin: Creamy Loaded Potato Casserole
Virtually Vegan Mama: Baked Cinnamon Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

*my favorite of the bunch

31 Responses to “Poached Salmon, Lobster Mash, Lentil Gumbo “Gravy””

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  8. Cara says:

    What a richly intense combination of flavors – but I imagine they work so well together. What a gorgeous dish!

  9. Love the instagram filter. I am going to have to try this out tonight with the fresh salmon fillets I picked up today! Do you have any suggestions on what kind of dry white wine to use ?

  10. This is very beautiful. almost too beautiful to eat… almost.

  11. Peggy says:

    Oh my gosh this is such a classy meal! Everything about it sounds so enticing =)

  12. My jaws literally dropped when I saw the trifecta tower of Court Bouillon Poached Fresh Salmon, Lobster Mashed Potatoes with Butter and Gumbo “Gravy” with French Lentils!… my eyes really feasted.
    happy monday!

  13. sippitysup says:

    You have the most elegant touch. Really. This has just the right balance. GREG

  14. Linda says:

    If I had to choose a menu of my perfect dishes, this would be the seafood one. I am salivating here! Love the pictures, and the way in which you describe the dish. Wow.

  15. Really beautiful meal..nicely done!!! Congrats on top 9!!

  16. Love all the components of this beautiful meal – especially your creative twist on gravy!

  17. Oh my… Lobster Mash?! That has my mouth watering. And that poaching liquid sounds equally delicious. Mine is usually not as intricate.

  18. Being from the East coast of Canada, pretty much everything in this post captured my heart! That lobster mash looks to die for. Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Jackie says:

    WOW! That all looks so amazing, those lobster mashed potatoes look so incredible! All together, that is a dish I would travel long distances for! Lovely.

  20. What a mouth watering dish! doubly delicious with lobster and salmon. Love this composition of potatoes, seafood, fish and lentils.

  21. Liz says:

    I just do not get here often enough!!! What a fabulous plate of deliciousness. Your photos are stunning as always. Wish this could magically be my dinner tonight :)

    Have a great weekend, Lori Lynn!

  22. bellini says:

    A combination I could really enjoy. Oh to live on the east coast where lobsters are readily available!

  23. Peter says:

    Lobster mashed potatoes and that lentil gravy…they’ve outshined the poached salmon but they all work wekk together. I’m inspired!

  24. What a marvelous meal! I would linger with a large bowl of the lobster mash.

  25. Amazing looking meal! There is not one thing in there that I wouldn’t love to just dive into. And the photo was outstanding as usual!

  26. Ann says:

    Stunning….as always. I can’t indulge because of the seafood, but I wish I could!

  27. I love everything that is going on with this plate! That lobster mash sounds awesome!

  28. Sandra says:

    That’s a very nice picture. If Poached Salmon, Lobster Mash, and Lentil Gumbo “Gravy” could be sexy this would be it!

  29. Merisi says:

    Lobster mash? I am coming! :-)
    I have to explore those instagram filters, very interesting “look”.
    A wonderful weekend to you and your loved ones,

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