French Food Friday...Salmon en Croute

{photo and recipe from here}
I made this the other night, it makes an impressive dish for a dinner party but is so easy to put together.

150g mascarpone or cream cheese
1 bag watercress , spinach and rocket, about 120g
500g shortcrust pastry
500g piece salmon fillets , skinless
1 egg , beaten
1. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the mascarpone or cream cheese in a food processor with the watercress, spinach and rocket and whizz the lot until you have a creamy green purée. Season well.
2.Roll the pastry out so you can wrap the salmon in it completely (just a bit thinner than a £1 coin) and lay it on a buttered or oiled baking sheet (it will hang over the edges). Put the salmon in the middle. If it has a thinner tail end, tuck it under. Spoon half of the watercress mixture onto the salmon. Now fold the pastry over into a neat parcel (the join will be at the top, so trim the edge neatly), making sure you don't have any thick lumps of pastry as these won't cook through properly. Trim off any excess as you need to. Make 3 neat cuts in the pastry to allow steam to escape and make some decorations with the off-cuts to disguise the join if you like. Brush with the egg glaze.
3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and browned. To test whether the salmon is cooked, push a sharp knife through one of the cuts into the flesh, wait for 3 seconds then test it against the inside of your wrist; if it is hot, the salmon is cooked. Serve with the rest of the watercress purée as a sauce.
........bon appétit à tous, Leeann


  1. Bonjour, Leeann! This dish looks delicious, I will definitely give it a try. Thank you for sharing. I wish you a great weekend with perhaps a vintage find or two? Until next time, Tammy

  2. Thankk you Leeann for this special recipe. I plan to make it for my next "Girl's Night"

    It looks so festive.

    Helen xx

  3. I'll definitely try this - seems so straightforward but an impressive dish - my kind of recipe! Using a bag of rocket etc. with mascarpone is such a good idea - Merci et bon week-end!!

  4. Oh wow this looks amazing! Trying this tomorrow night, Leeann.
    Have a great weekend.


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