Tray Baked Salmon with Olives, Green Beans, Anchovies and Tomatoes

The idea of this dish is to bake your salmon plainly with a little olive oil and sea salt. In the same tray, bake the tomatoes, olives and[ blanched green beans, laying anchovies over the beans. As the anchovies cook they fall apart, and as the olives roast they sort of infuse a smoky flavor with the tomatoes. This is a really choice combination – you must try it.]

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients
  • 7 ounces green beans
  • 20 small cherry tomatoes
  • 1 to 2 good handfuls black olives
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (8-ounce) thick salmon fillet steaks, with or without skin, but definitely pin-boned
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 handful fresh basil, picked
  • 12 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 small clove of garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk*
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Approximately 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Approximately 1 cup olive oil
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Tail the green beans, blanch them until tender in salted, boiling water, and drain. Put in a bowl with the cherry tomatoes and the stoned olives. Toss in the olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Give the salmon fillets a quick wash under the tap and pat dry with kitchen paper towels. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon over the fillets, on both sides, then season both sides with salt and pepper and drizzle a little olive oil over the top. Preheat the oven and a roasting tray at the highest temperature. Put your 4 fillets of salmon at 1 end of the roasting tray. Toss the basil into the green beans, olives and tomatoes and place this mixture at the other end of the tray. Lay the anchovies over the green beans. Roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and serve with lemon quarters.

This is very tasty with some homemade mayonnaise or aioli.

AIOLI:

When I make aioli I use 2 olive oils: one is a bit more expensive, a bit more peppery and a bit more gutsy; and a second which is a bit more bland but still nice and mellow. By blending the flavors in this way you achieve an olive oil flavor that isn't too strong or too peppery.

Aioli is great with cold roast pork. Basil aioli is good with pink grilled salmon and lemon aioli works well with crostini in fish broth.

Smash up the garlic with the salt in a mortar and pestle (if you don't have a mortar and pestle you can very finely chop the garlic). Place the egg yolk and mustard in a bowl and whisk. Then start to add your olive oil bit by bit. Once you've blended in a half cup of the olive oil you can start to add the rest in larger amounts. When you've added it all, you can add the garlic and lemon (to taste) and any extra flavors such as basil, fennel tops, dill, chopped roast nuts. To finish just season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and lemon juice. Yield: 8 servings

*RAW EGG WARNING

Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs due to the slight risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.


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