*Homestead Cottage’s Salmon en croute.

This week’s recipe from Homestead Cottage is the Salmon en croute.

This recipe is great if you have a large group coming over, it’s a fantastic recipe for good Friday or even as a replacement for lamb at Easter. I suggest serving it with some in season purple sprouting broccoli and mashed potatoes with dill.

Ingredients:

For the cure:

  • 50g flaky sea salt
  • 25g demerara sugar
  • 2 x 500g skinless, boneless salmon fillets

For the en croute:

  • 75g watercress, chopped
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill sprigs, chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • pinch smoked salt (optional)
  • 500g block all-butter puff pastry
  • flour, for dusting
  • 2 eggs, yolks only, beaten

Method:

Step 1:

The day before you want to assemble the en croûte, mix the salt and sugar in a bowl. Scatter half of the mix over a tray, then lay one of the salmon fillets on top, skinned-side down, and scatter with more of the salt mix. Lay the second fillet on top, skinned-side up, and sprinkle over the rest of the salt mix. Cover, then place another tray on top. Weigh the tray down with a couple of tins and put in the fridge for up to 48 hrs, or for at least 12 hrs (the longer you leave it, the firmer the salmon will be).

Step 2:

When you’re ready to assemble the en croûte, unwrap the salmon fillets, rinse them in cold water and dry with kitchen paper, then set aside. Put the watercress, cream cheese, dill, lemon zest and juice, smoked salt (if using) and a generous grinding of pepper into a bowl and mix well, then set aside.

Step 3:

Line a baking tray with parchment. Roll out half of the pastry on a lightly floured surface so it’s 2.5cm larger in diameter than the salmon fillet, then drape it over the lined baking tray. Place one of the fillets on the pastry, skinned-side down, and spread with the cream cheese mix, then lay the second fillet on top, skinned-side up. Brush the edge of the pastry with a little of the beaten yolk. Roll out the rest of the pastry to fit, then drape it over the salmon and tuck it in at the sides. Trim the edges and crimp or press with a fork to seal. Brush with more beaten yolk, then put the en croûte in the fridge for 30 mins before using a spoon to create a scale-like effect along the top of the pastry. Chill for up to 24 hrs or for at least another 30 mins.

STEP 4:

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Bake for 20 mins, then glaze with the remaining yolk. Lower the heat to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and bake for 20 mins more, then remove and leave to stand for 10 mins.

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