Salmon in Puff Pastry
Baking salmon en croute keeps it moist and succulent.
The salmon in pastry can be prepared, covered with plastic wrap, and refrigerated up to 12 hours ahead.
Preparation Time25 min
Preparation Time - Text25 mins
Cooking Time30 min
Cooking Time - Text30
Total Timeunder 2 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party
Recipe Coursehot appetizer, main course
Dietary Considerationhot appetizer, main course
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturebuttery, creamy, rich
- 4 oz (115g) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup chopped, lightly packed watercress leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lb 8 oz (670g) skinless salmon fillet
- 1 sheet thawed frozen puff pastry (half 17.3 oz (484g) package)
- Beaten egg, to glaze
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly oil a large baking sheet. Mix the cream cheese and watercress together until combined; season with salt and pepper.
Cut the salmon fillet vertically in half. Place the pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 12 × 10in (30 × 25cm) rectangle. With a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, trim the edges straight. Pierce all over with a fork. Transfer to the baking sheet.
Place 1 salmon fillet in the center of the pastry. Spread with the cream cheese mixture, then top with the other salmon fillet. Brush the edges of the pastry with water. Fold the long sides up and overlap over the salmon, and press the seam closed. Fold up the shorter sides and press closed. Brush with beaten egg and decorate with the trimmings, if desired, and brush again. Pierce two or three holes in the pastry.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
Let stand for 3 minutes, then slice and serve hot.
Good with hollandaise sauce or lemon wedges.
2008 Dorling Kindersley