When I was selected to submit a dish for the #dinewithaldi challenge I wanted to create a recipe that had minimal and simple ingredients. My personal aim was to present an interesting dish, that looked good enough to be served at a dinner-party. But a dish that was easy to prep and all parts could be baked at the same time.
I love food, but I hate faff!
(The butter wasn’t needed!)
Approx. 4-5 medium maris piper potatoes
1 x 200g tub of soft cheese
2 x fresh salmon fillets
50g of parmesan cheese
½ packet of ready salted crisps
100g of asparagus tips
Olive oil and black pepper to season
Mixed herbs to season (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 180°C / Gas Mark 4-5
Peel and quarter the potatoes.
Boil until soft in slightly salted water.
Drain and place in a clean bowl. Add 100g (½ tub) of soft cheese and stir in. Then mash the potatoes in the usual way.
Add the mashed potato to a large piping bag with a nozzle (a large freezer bag with the corner snipped off will work also).
Pipe twirls onto a lightly greased baking tray. The potato will make at least 6 good size twirls.
Put on one side until ready to bake.
Take each salmon fillet and remove any remaining bones.
Cut a split in the centre of each fillet, ensuring the fillet isn’t cut completely through.
Using the remaining soft cheese, spoon approx. 2 teaspoons into each split and close.
Grate 50g of parmesan.
Hand crush half a bag of ready salted crisps.
Mix together approx. half of the grated parmesan with the crushed crisps and sprinkle over the top of the 2 fillets. Keep the remaining parmesan.
Season with a little mixed herbs and black pepper and drizzle over a tiny amount of oil.
The salmon and potatoes are baked at the same time.
They can be baked on the same lightly greased tray. Place in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes.
Whilst the salmon and potatoes are starting to cook, prep the asparagus.
Trim and wash the asparagus.
Toss the asparagus in olive oil and sprinkle over the remaining parmesan. Season with a little black pepper. Ensure the asparagus is thoroughly coated.
Place the asparagus on a lightly oiled baking tray.
When the salmon and potatoes have been cooking for 10 minutes add the asparagus to the oven and bake everything for a further 15 minutes.
Aldi Costings (approximate and correct at 10.10.13):
4-5 Maris Piper potatoes/ approx. quarter of a 2.5kg bag) = 0.60p
200g soft cheese = 0.49p
2 x Salmon Fillets = £3.09
50g Parmesan = 0.60p
Asparagus = £1.49
½ packet of ready salted crisps = 0.05p
(Olive oil, black pepper and mixed herbs – store cupboard ingredients and not included in cost)
Total cost = £6.32 (£3.16 per person)
** Please note that I am not a qualified nutritionist or professional cook. My recipes are what I put together at home and all amounts etc… are approximate. What I write is my own experience of cooking the recipe. Ovens and ingredients do vary – just go with it, have fun and apply common sense at all times! Practice makes perfect!**