Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fabulous Meal complement a fabulous bottle of wine!

A few weeks ago we went to visit some of my husband's family in Michigan.  One of Harry's nephews and his wife just moved back to Michigan from Oregon and they brought us this wonderful bottle of wine from the Dundee Hills Vineyard in the heart of Oregon's wine country.  A good pinot noir is our favorite wine so we were very pleased with their gift.

As you know, for me, it's all about the food :) so I immediately began to think "What dinner will I prepare to complement this wonderful bottle of wine?" The answer was simple:  Cedar Plank Salmon.

Once you have salmon cooked this way, you will never want to eat it any other way.  It's that good and so very easy to prepare.

You will need:

     ~ A whole salmon fillet, skin on, about 3-4 lbs.  We like cooking the whole fillet because left over cedar plank salmon begets wonderful meals later in the week~~salmon cakes, salmon frittata, and hubby's favorite, salmon hash.

     ~ A 22"L x 10"W piece of untreated cedar plank.  We simply buy a whole cedar plank at the local lumbar yard and have them cut it into the lengths we want.  Twenty-two inches is a good length for a whole salmon fillet.

     ~ A mixture of 1 tablespoon each canola oil, pure maple syrup and soy sauce.

Scrub the cedar plank in hot water, no soap, and soak it in cold water for at least three hours.

Heat the grill to 375F and keep the temperature constant between 375 and 400 while the salmon is cooking.

Lay the salmon on the cedar plank and brush with oil/syrup/soy mixture.

Place the cedar plank on the grill, cover and cook for about 30-45 minutes.  The fish is done when it's firm to the touch.  I like my salmon a little underdone, where it's still moist and tender inside.

Remove the salmon from the grill, tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.

It just so happened that the first of the baby gold beets from my garden were ready to be picked so we had roasted baby beets along side this yummy salmon.  The beets are easy to prepare and so tasty!

Clean and scrub the beets, place in a foil pouch, and roast in a 425F oven for about 1 1/2 hours.  Remove, open the pouch, let cool a few minutes and the skins slip right off.

I thinly sliced the beets, drizzled a little extra virgin olive oil over them, and topped with a sprinkling of truffle salt.

To round out this meal, I made a side dish of sundried tomato risotto.  I can't tell you how yummy it all was!

Salute Brad and Sara...Grazie!

Wish you could have shared this meal with us :)

Buon Appetito!


  1. Mamma mia! You do know how to eat! I would have done exactly what you did with a special bottle of wine - make a meal worthy of it. Trouble is, I don't eat fish, so your lovely salmon would not suit me. I'd go for the golden beets though. I'm growing them this year. Previously I have only grown the red ones, but I ate some golden ones whilst on holiday in Canada and I loved them... Funnily enough we also picked up a Cedar plank "kit" in Granville Market, Vancouver, which we have not yet got round to using. Maybe now is the time - perhaps with chicken breast instead of fish. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. My aunt's bed & breakfast is in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. We've been to Sokol Blosser several times when visiting -- we always do the wine tour thing. Pinot Noir is that area's prime wine. Her B&B is Wine Country Farm. If you ever get the chance to go, look up her place. The views from her place are spectacular. Oregon is a gardener's haven! I'm not a big salmon fan, but I have to admit your recipe and technique make it sure sound good.

  3. You are such a wonderful cook! Looks divine.

  4. I'm not a huge fan of salmon, but this looks so tasty -- especially with the wine. Cheers!

  5. Looks wonderful and when I can get some quality fresh salmon I will try it!

  6. @All...thank you so much for your comments :)
    I've been so busy this past week to respond individually. My son is getting married this coming weekend and things have been very hectic around here! But it's all good :) This salmon is a great dish but you can use the technique for other dishes as well...scallops and yes, Mark, I think even chicken cooked this way would be good. Thank you all for stopping by my blog and your wonderful comments. I do appreciate them all!

  7. Diane, that's not fair saying at the end of your post you wished you could have shared this meal with us.
    Next time just give a shout out and we all will come to eat with you. ;)

    Great recipe and me and hubby already decided to give it a try. It sounds delicious!
    Btw, guess what we had for dinner past Saturday.
    (Hint)It's a meal from a recipe I found on a blog called Diane's Garden and that became one of our favorite meals to cook :)
    Best Regards
    Paula Jo

  8. Thanks, Paula Jo! It really was delicious! I'm so glad you and your husband are going to give it a try! Let me know what you think of this dish after you make it. I'm glad you like my humble recipes!