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Main Course   -   Roasted Alaskan Salmon with Apple Butter Sauce and Herbed Potato Cakes   by Iron Chef Six-Speed and Iron Chef Dogcow

Description Well, this recipe came originally from Emeril Lagasse, who I admire as a chef, but am annoyed with as a celebrity.

Iron Chef Six-Speed found this recipe, and it seemed to be the perfect main course for our first Iron Chef competition. We were right.
  • 4 six ounce Alaskan salmon filets
  • 1/2 t olive oil
  • 1/2 t salt, divided
  • 1/2 t freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced. McIntosh apples are also a good alternative
  • 2 T packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 c hard cider
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • 2 sticks (1/2 lb) cold unsalted butter, divided

  • Herbed Potato Cakes:

  • 2 Idaho potatoes (1.5 lbs) peeled and grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 T chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 T chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 T chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 T vegetable oil
Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a baking sheet with the oil. Season both sides of the salmon fillets with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and place on the baking sheet. Roast until the center is still slightly pink, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Meanwhile, to make the Granny Smith apple butter sauce, in a medium saucepan, combine the diced apples, sugar, and hard cider. Cook over medium-high heat until the apples are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the cream and cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the butter several pieces at a time, whisking constantly to blend, and removing from the heat periodically to prevent the sauce from breaking. Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon white pepper and whisk to blend. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.

Place 1 potato cake (see below) on each plate and top with a salmon fillet. Drizzle each portion with the apple butter. Top with 1/4 of the salmon and garnish with 1 teaspoon of the caviar. Serve immediately.

Rinse the potatoes in a large bowl of water and drain well. Transfer to a dish towel and wring dry. If necessary, wring again in a second towel. Place in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Stir to mix well.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a medium skillet. Divide the potato mixture into fourths. Form each portion into a 4-inch round cake, about 1/2-inch thick, squeezing out the excess moisture. Place 2 cakes in the hot pan and cook until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes per side, turning several times. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel and repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Yield: 4 cakes
Serves 4
Time to Make Hour or so

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