My English Friend Maggie's Favorite Simple Supper: Poached Salmon with Dijon Dill Sauce, Cucumber and Dark Bread, New Potatoes with Mint
- 2 pounds red skinned small new potatoes
- Coarse salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, a handful of leaves, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 7 (6-ounce) portions fresh Norwegian salmon fillets, individually packaged in fish department or market
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 2 to 3 cups water
- 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
- Bouquet of fresh tarragon, dill and parsley sprigs, tied with kitchen string
- Garnish and accompaniments:
- 1 bundle fresh watercress, washed and trimmed
- 1/2 English or seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
- 4 slices pumpernickel bread, quartered
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 tablespoons prepared Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup chopped herbs, a few sprigs each tarragon, dill and parsley
Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Cover pot and bring water to a boil. Add a generous amount of coarse salt to the water, a few healthy pinches. Reduce heat to medium and boil covered until tender, about 12 minutes.
Place salmon fillets in a large deep skillet or divide between 2 skillets if you do not have a pan large enough to accommodate all 8 portions. The additional portions will provide the cooked salmon for salmon cakes on another night. Pour wine and water into the pan so that just the very top of the salmon is exposed. Add a bay leaf and a bouquet of a few sprigs each fresh tarragon, dill and parsley to the pan and set it down into the liquid. Place the pan or pans over high heat and bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cover the pan. Poach salmon for 10 minutes or, until fish is firm and opaque.
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