I was having a strange craving…I had a vague memory of a shrimp newburg dish I made for my parents back when I was in college and that somehow translated into me craving puff pastry and salmon together. Not exactly linear, but I had been thinking about it for a week and could fight the craving no more.

So I went to one of my new favorite website, foodily.com (which stands for Food I Love You, cute huh?) and typed in “Salmon” and “Puff Pastry”…viola! Several recipes instantly appear that have those two items as ingredients. I chose the Giada recipe below simply because I had lots of Basil in the house that I needed to use up and some leftover pine nuts from something and her recipe called for pesto. I also already had everything else in the house which is always a nice bonus.

This honestly is a really easy (especially if you use store-bought pesto) and comforting (read not ultra light!) fish dinner. My only complaint is that between the pesto and the puff pastry it’s a bit greasy so go light on the portions and serve it with something crisp and refreshing like a salad and glass of white wine. I served it with grilled asparagus, which were delicious but since they had a bit of lemon olive oil on them as well the oil content of the overall dinner was a bit high for my liking. Other than that, super delicious and definitely an impressive presentation…great for weeknight entertaining!


Giada’s Salmon with Puff Pastry & Pesto