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Salmon in Puff Pastry

Updated February 23, 2016

Baking salmon en croute keeps it moist and succulent.

Prepare ahead:

The salmon in pastry can be prepared, covered with plastic wrap, and refrigerated up to 12 hours ahead.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time25 min

Preparation Time - Text25 mins

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking Time - Text30

Cooking Methodbaking

CostModerate

Moderate

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursehot appetizer, main course

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturebuttery, creamy, rich

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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.

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