Friday, August 12, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie - salmon and potatoes in a jar

I have a feeling that there are two camps among my fellow Doristas about this week's Dorie recipe.  There will be those that love it and those that won't try it.  Then there's those that wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole, but made it anyway.  I wonder which camp I'm in.  If you guess the ten foot pole camp, you're right!  I am not a huge seafood fan, however my boys are.  So, I decided to make this, knowing that there was no way I was going to actually try the salmon (I can eat cooked salmon...but not happily).  But, since I'm attempting to get back on track with my French Fridays with Dorie, I didn't want to skip this.

Basically, you brine the salmon over night, and then layer it with aromatics in a cute jar and top it off with olive oil.  My photo is pre-olive oil.  After adding the olive oil, the jar was not quite so pretty.  You also make a jar filled with par-boiled potatoes.


It really is a lovely presentation.  I tried the veggies and potatoes and unfortunately was not impressed with the flavor at all (basically I just got oily veggies). St. James tried the salmon and said it was good.  Yeah!  I still couldn't bring myself to try it.  However, lest you think I am so set in my ways that I can't try anything new...look what I did try this week:



That's right, I tried raw oysters (two to be exact) and I didn't die.  They were ok...not something I'll run out to eat all the time, but at least I got over this hurdle.  I know you're probably thinking, heck, if you can try a raw oyster, why not the raw salmon...don't know...just can't.  Don't judge me too harshly...maybe one of these days.

Check out how my everyone else fared this week at French Fridays with Dorie.

13 comments:

Ei said...

Good for you for making it anyway, even if you had no intention of eating it. My fish was not-so-fresh, and the guy wouldn't skin it, so that was all the excuse I needed to chicken out. I made the roasted version, and it was a disaster.

Nana said...

I remember being in Provence with Hubby a few years
back and wanted to experiment with the oysters. When
that plate was put in front of me I thought I would be
sick. I immediately had to order another entree.
However, after making this recipe I at least tried the salmon which I thought had a wonderful flavor, but
one piece was enough. I happily shared the rest with
Tricia's family. Believe it or not, I do like salmon and Lox, but I worried about this being raw. Oh well....

Susan said...

You're so funny, Steph. I passed on this one all together as I don't care for salmon, but yours looks gorgeous. Have a great weekend!

dulceshome.com said...

Love your post. I had good intentions, but other things seemed to get in the way. Of course, not being overly inspired was likely one of them. I think you are totally on track about the Doristas. Hopefully we can have a few more choices soon that will excite the group.

gaaarp said...

Raw oysters are a small step or two away from sushi! I see steak tartare in your future, complete with a raw egg on top! OK, maybe not, but good for you for stepping out!

oneexpatslife said...

Too funny since I tend to think that more people are frightened of oysters than salmon. I LOVE oysters but know many people who will not go near them. Kudos to you for giving them a try.

Cheryl said...

I'm still waiting on mine to cure/brine/cook/whatever. Yours does look beautiful!

Congratulations on the oysters. That is something I haven't been able to bring myself to eat. My husband, on the other hand, lives to try new foods. It does take all kinds, doesn't it?

Elin said...

I am great you make it eventhough you did eat it. At least your het to taste it . Lovely pictures too. I love it and will make it again!

Adriana said...

You are a brave woman for making this and crossing your fingers that your family would like it! I guess you lucked out. I 'outsourced' this post to a good friend and now I find myself wishing I could have had a taste at least. Lovely oysters! I'd love to have some now - it's been a while!

Kathy said...

Steph, Kudos for making this one...I had to take a pass. Just could not bring myself to eat the raw (in my eyes) fish! Yours looks just like Dories! I have to say...I could not have tried the oysters either!! Cheers to you!

Betsy said...

The boys lucked out that you made this one anyway. I'm in the "Loved it" camp, for sure. However, it's not very many steps from raw oysters to cured salmon, so maybe you'll get there some day.

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Cher said...

Oh, I am right there with you! (I did try it, but couldn't run back for seconds)
It does make for some pretty pictures, though :-)