I’m really excited to share this celebrity chef with you today. This woman is the face of a perfect Italian meal! She has spunky character that keeps you entertained in the kitchen! Her name is Lidia, and I am a die hard fan! She has had her own cooking show for years, is a best-selling author with her delicious cookbooks, an emmy award winner, and a restauranteur. This is Lidia’s kitchen, and she brings to us an authentic dish with that special Italian touch, that fills the tummy and warms the soul.
SALMON WITH MUSTARD SAUCE
Salmone con Salsa di Senape
- SIX -6–OUNCE SKINLESS SALMON FILLETS
- ¾ TEASPOON KOSHER SALT
- 2 TABLESPOONS -EXTRA–VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
- 6 TABLESPOONS UNSALTED BUTTER
- JUICE OF 1 LEMON
- 1 CUP WHITE WINE
- 2 TABLESPOONS DIJON MUSTARD
- ¼ CUP HEAVY CREAM
- 3 TABLESPOONS CHOPPED FRESH ITALIAN PARSLEY
Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking
Season the salmon with ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Heat a large nonstick skillet over -medium–high heat. Add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the salmon, and sear on both sides, about 2 minutes per side, but don’t worry about cooking the fish all the way through at this point. Remove the salmon to a plate, pour out the oil, and wipe the skillet clean.
Return the skillet to -medium–high heat, and add the butter. When the butter is melted, add the lemon juice and white wine. Bring to a boil, and whisk in the mustard. Lower the flame and let the sauce reduce by a quarter, about 3 minutes; then add the heavy cream and the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Slide the salmon back into the sauce. Simmer until the salmon is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Whisk the parsley into the sauce and serve.
Italian food spells comfort. The fresh warm bread with olive oil, and the pasta with mouthwatering sauce, makes any occasion a cozy one. I picture friends around a well-dressed table, with wine, a roaring fire, and lots of laughs! Italian cooking can be a lot of fun because it can involve many hands in the kitchen, which makes the meal communal. You can make Italian meatballs fancy or simple by the way it’s plated, or have a romantic double portion for two to share. Italian food is passionate, and tells us stories of the heart in each bite we eat. The food is as flavourful as the people, and the culinary experience leaves a little of Italy with you no matter where you’re from. The next time you’re in the kitchen making Italian food, remember the legendary words of Lidia, “Tutti a tavola a mangiare!” Happy Tuesday everyone!