Salmon Poached in Cinnamon Butter with Cedar-Planked Porcini

Rucker conceived of this inventive salmon dish after sniffing a bag of porcini powder. "The aroma reminded me of cinnamon," he says. "So I opened a jar of cinnamon and smelled the two together. Voila! It worked."

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Recipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook

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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus 1 hour for soaking
KEY: Dinner, Dinner Party, Poaching

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  • 1 cedar grilling plank, soaked in water to cover for 1 hour and drained 
  • Canola oil, for greasing the plank 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar 
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1⁄2 pound porcini or king trumpet mushrooms, cut into bite-size pieces 
  • 1 pound unsalted butter 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • Four 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets 
  • Kosher salt
  • Sea salt
  • Lemon wedges, for serving 

How to make this recipe

  1. prepare the mushrooms Preheat the oven to 375°. Rub the cedar plank with canola oil, transfer it to a baking sheet and heat in the oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the garlic, shallot, thyme, olive oil, vinegar and salt. Add the mushrooms and toss to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Spread out the mushrooms on the cedar plank and roast them until they are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. meanwhile, prepare the salmon In a small, deep skillet, combine the butter and cinnamon. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the skillet. Melt the butter over low heat until it registers 125°. Season the salmon fillets with kosher salt and add them to the skillet; they should be completely submerged in butter. Poach the salmon, turning the fillets halfway, until just cooked through, about 20 minutes; you may have to move the skillet off and on the heat to keep the temperature between 125° and 130°.
  5. Transfer the salmon to a paper towel–lined plate and drain briefly. Season with sea salt. Serve with the mushrooms and lemon wedges.

Suggested Pairing

Spicy, cranberry-scented Oregon Pinot Noir: 2011 The Eyrie Vineyards

Contributed By Photo © Chris Court

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