Fabulous Baker Brother’s Salmon and Mushroom En Croute

Serves 4

  • 1kg organic farmed salmon, skinned
  • 20g butter
  • 300g flat cap mushrooms or wild, chopped small
  • 1 lemon juiced and zest
  • Small bunch of parsley
  • 30g creme fraiche
  • 200g large spinach leaves
  • 1 pack of all butter puff pastry
  • 1 egg

Dill sauce

  • 1shallot diced
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 50ml white wine
  • 200ml double cream
  • 1tbsp whole grain mustard
  • Bunch of dill
  • Salt pepper
  1. In a pan melt the butter. Add the chopped mushrooms and fry for 3mins until brown and moisture has gone. Season and remove from the heat. Add the zest and juice of lemon and chopped parsley. Stir in the creme fraiche and chill down.
  2. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Add the spinach and remove quickly to a bowl of cold water. When cold, squeeze out excess water and layout flat.
  3. Take a sharp knife and butterfly the salmon (cutting a pocket into the side of the piece but not going all the way through). Season the salmon all over and place a third of the mushrooms into the middle. Close the salmon up, spoon a third on top. Cover with a layer of spinach.
  4. Lay the pastry out and flip the salmon carefully onto one end. Spread the remaining mushrooms over the new top and again cover with a layer of spinach. Wrap the pastry over the top and crimp the edges with a fork. Trim the edges and use the left over for some pastry art.
  5. To make the dill sauce, sweat the shallot in a pan with the butter. After 5mins add the white wine and turn up the heat, allow to boil hard. Add the cream and simmer for 5mins. Stir in the mustard and chopped dill, season and keep warm.
  6. Place in the fridge for 30mins to firm up. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200c.
  7. Egg wash the pastry for a glaze. Place directly on top of a preheated tray and bake for 15mins. This should be just enough to cook the pastry and the salmon to be just cooked. If you prefer it more well done then cook for a further 10mins.
  8. Remove and carve at the table, serve with the dill sauce and some boiled new potatoes.