Amazon (as opposed to $10-$15 per gram in stores).
Poached Salmon with Peas, Fava Beans and Morels
4 6-ounce center-cut salmon fillets, skinned (about 1 1/4-inch thick)
1 cup rosé wine
2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon saffron threads, divided
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces fresh morel (whole) or cremini mushrooms (quartered)
1 cup shelled fresh (or frozen) peas
1 cup double-shelled fresh (or frozen) fava beans
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup heavy cream
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
1/2 cup diced pancetta
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
4 sprigs of thyme
Place salmon, skinned side down, in a large high-sided skillet. Add wine, 2 tablespoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads and cold water to cover salmon by 1/2 inch. Cover pan; bring liquid to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, uncover, and gently poach salmon until just cooked through and barely opaque in the center, about 3-5 minutes, depending on thickness. Transfer salmon and 2 tablespoons poaching liquid to a plate; tent loosely with foil. Reserve poaching liquid.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup salmon poaching liquid, peas, fava beans, thyme leaves and remaining 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, and simmer until peas and beans begin to soften, 2-3 minutes. Add cream and bring sauce to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
While sauce is simmering, heat the pancetta and olive oil in a small non-stick pan, and sauté until crisp. (Pancetta can be crisped ahead and left to drain on a paper towel.)
Using a spatula, transfer salmon to serving plates and spoon sauce over, dividing the mushrooms and vegetables evenly. Garnish with chives, pancetta, and thyme sprigs.
|For Patrician, I went over the top and garnished with crisped tiny cubes of pancetta.|
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