Sunday, November 10, 2013

One Pot Wonder

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I could not pass up a recipe that advertised from start to finish 20 minutes and was a one pot wonder. 
The blogger from the following link below said...The idea came from Cook’s Illustrated. You use the asparagus spears like a “raft” to hold the pieces of salmon up out of the water. You pour a cup of water ( I used low sodium broth) into the pan and the asparagus boils while the salmon steams. Genius technique!
http://www.apronstringsblog.com/one-pot-blackberry-glazed-salmon-and-asparagus/
Her technique which intrigued me is shown in photo below.  


My adventurous culinary spirit took on the recipe. It was suggested to use a 12 inch skillet but I chose to use a pot. It worked but in hindsight the skillet would have been a better choice. 
One Pot Blackberry Glazed Salmon and Asparagus
Cook's notes: The recipe was adapted from apronstringsblog.com and serves two. The salmon can be glazed with a blackberry sauce under the broiler or spooned over salmon and garnished with fresh blackberries. The blackberry sauce can easily be doubled to serve more than two. And yes, it is a one pot wonder. Looks like you spent a lot of time in preparation. The blackberry sauce is a wonderful compliment to the flavor of the salmon. 
Ingredients:
  • salmon skinless fillets about 8 oz.
  • 1-1/2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 -3/4 lb. asparagus spears
  • 1/4 cup blackberry jam
  • 1 TB. olive oil
  • 1 TB. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • salt and lemon pepper to taste
  • 2 large lemon slices 
  • 2-3 sliced onion rings 
Directions:
  • Bring broth to a simmer in a large skillet or pot. When the broth begins to simmer, place asparagus in pan. Lay lemon and onion slices on the asparagus and then place fillets on top
  • Sprinkle with salt and lemon pepper 
  • Cover and simmer for 8 minutes
  • While salmon and asparagus are cooking prepare sauce or glaze
Blackberry sauce: combine jam, spices, vinegar and olive oil in a saucepan. Cook over low heat 1-2 minutes till blended. Spoon over cooked fillets and garnish with fresh blackberries.
Blackberry Glaze: combine jam, spices, vinegar and olive oil. Spoon over salmon fillets and broil briefly. Garnish with fresh blackberries.  



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