Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Creamy Dill Salmon (and Chicken)

So, every few weeks, I treat my husband with some fresh fish from the local fish market. Well this week's special was steelhead salmon, so I came home with a pound of salmon and no idea what I was going to do with it. My original thought was to try and find a cedar plank somewhere and BBQ it, but after poking around a little bit, I couldn't resist trying this recipe for creamy dill sauce. Seeing as how I don't eat fish, I used the sauce on a chicken breast and threw it in with the fish to cook.

3/4 cup mayonnaise ( for a lower fat version, switch this to low fat yogurt)
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1 salmon fillet

1. In a bowl mix together mayo (yogart), mustard, thyme, oregano and basil. Pre heat the oven to 375F.
2. Smooth the sauce over the fish (and the chicken breast). Sprinkle with dill to taste. Bake for 20 to 30 mintues, or until the fish is cooked and flakes easily.
3. Save the extra sauce, it is great to add a little more when the fish is finished cooking.

Hubby loved this recipe and it was really easy to make. He actually ate half a pound of fish in one sitting. I loved the sauce on the chicken. I did try the salmon as well and as much as I dislike fish, I actually kind of liked it. Next time I cook this however, I will definately not let Hubby have his way, and I will be using the yogurt.

Peppermint Patties

I love chocolate covered peppermint in almost any form so I decided to try and make some of my own peppermint patties. I found a few recipes on allrecipe.com, and after much searching, reading of reviews and tweaking, this is what I came up with.

4 ounces low fat cream cheese
1 tbsp butter
3 cups icing sugar
2 tsp peppermint extract

1. Cream together the cream cheese, butter and icing sugar. Add the peppermint extract (Note you can test it at this stage for consistany you want as it may need a little more confectioner's sugar, or peppermint extract. If using peppermint oil, add a drop at a time and test for taste.).
2. Roll into medium sized balls and place on waxed paper. Flatten with a fork and let dry for a few hours.
3. Melt chocolate in a double boiler and dip dry patties in melted chocolate. Let harden on wax paper
4. Enjoy!

We all loved these, and the batch was gone by the end of the next day. They were delicious and completely addictive. These will be made many more times.