Sunday, June 20, 2010

Smoked Salmon in a Tomato Cream Sauce - week 25 of 52

Smoked Salmon in a Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta

One of my favourite meals is the Odessa at Grazie restaurant in Toronto – a smoked salmon in a creamy tomato sauce served over fettuccine. This recipe is inspired by my Grazie favourite. I’ve had little luck finding a great rosé sauce online so have decided to adapt something from Emeril.

The tomato cream sauce was a little bland, not as flavourful as the Grazie and could use a little spice. Once the smoked salmon was added to the cream, it added a little more flavour and made the sauce a little tastier.

The results this week were fine but will definitely need to tweak the recipe for Grazie perfection!

Bon appétit!

Smoked Salmon in a Tomato Cream Sauce – Serves 4



Adapted from Emeril Lagasse recipe

Tomato Cream Sauce:

• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onions
• 2 teaspoons minced garlic
• 2 1/2 cups seeded, chopped tomatoes(I used a 28oz can of diced tomatoes)
• 2 sprigs fresh thyme
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup chicken plus 2 tablespoons
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 3/4 cup heavy cream
• 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 8 slices of smoked salmon, diced
• Your favourite pasta


For the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, thyme and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and cook until the tomatoes give up their liquid, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock and tomato paste. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the cream and cook until reduced by half again, about 6 minutes.

Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the butter. Remove the thyme sprigs. With an immersion blender, or food processor, puree the sauce. Strain sauce through a fine-meshed sieve, if desired, to remove the tomato skins. Keep the sauce warm until ready to serve

Dice the smoked salmon into small pieces and stir into the warm pasta sauce. Cook for 4-5 minutes until salmon is cooked. Serve over your favourite pasta and garnish with parsley.

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