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Gourmet salmon toast

 

My loveling daughter (she is 11 years old) loves watching cooking series like Top Chef. She is very creative and likes colourful meals. She appreciates very much dishes for the five senses: taste, visual, smell, touch, sound…

The dishes she prepares are always very colourful and nice looking. This recipe wasn’t created by my daughter but when she saw its pictures in a cookbook she couldn’t resist. Hopefully it was as good as nice…

It is fresh, gourmet and healthy. Salmon is a top interesting ingredient nutritionaly wise: full of omega 3 which is so important for kids but also for adults. Try to use qualitative salmon (organic, wild, for instance), quantity of omega 3 will be much higher. Radishes are also a gift from mother nature for the health: they are rich in vitamins C, B9, in fibers and potassium, magnesium. They contribute to the good functioning of immune system and nervous system. They contribute to reduce tiredness and to protect cell from oxydative stress.

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Gourmet French salmon toast recipe

For 4 servings

Time

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Marinade time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 to 8 thin slices smoked salmon (be generous…)
  • 4 large slices of bread
  • 7 oz (200g) fresh cheese (Philadelphia or equivalent)
  • 3.5 oz (100g) green beans
  • 1.8 oz (50g) snow peas.
  • 8 red radishes
  • 2 limes
  • 3 table spoons (5 cl) olive oil
  • 3 sprigs of chervil
  • 2 sprigs of parsley
  • If you find it (I haven’t!) you can decorate with edible flowers like borage
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Wash and remove the “ends” of green beens and of the snow peas
  • Cook the green beans during 8 minutes in a saucepan of salted boiling water (or cook with steam). Before removing the beans from water add the peas and cook for 5 more minutes. Drain and place into a very cold (icy) water to stop the cooking. Drain and dry with a kitchen towel. Separate the peas into two parts (cut in the middle)
  • Take the zest from one lime. Press the juice of the two limes. Mix together the zest, the juice, salt, pepper and olive oil.
  • Brush the salmon with this mix. Use a brush (a special one for cooking, if you don’t have one use a spoon or eventually your fingers). Keep in fridge during 10 minutes
  • Wash and slice the radishes, chop the herbs.
  • Keep some herbs for the final decoration. Mix the other herbs with the fresh cheese. Add salt and pepper and mix again (be careful with the salt: salmon and cheese are already salted…)
  • Toast the bread in oven or in a pan
  • Spread the cheese on the bread. Then add in order: 1) the salmon, 2) green vegetables, 3) radishes, 4) herbs and 5) some marinade. 6) if you have the flowers, that’s the final touch to add.
  • You can serve these toasts as a starter, as a main dish (in that case accomodate with a green salad).
  • Enjoy!

Variant: replace the snow peas by baby spinach. If you do so, don’t cook them and put them raw on the toast

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