hey look, a new recipe!!!
Circumstances forced me to actually make up a recipe yesterday. On Wednesday our neighbour and landlord Steve, who is currently missing his wife (I don't know, he left her at the mall by accident?) happened upon a large chunk of fresh-caught spring salmon, and asked if I would be so kind as to cook it up for him, with the payment being that we would get to eat it too. I said sure, Blobby needs her omega-3's, and prepared to do the standard "chunk of salmon wrapped in foil with dill and lemon". Well, the salmon turned out to be HUGE and even though we got only maybe 1/4 of it, that's still a lot if the salmon was over 20 lbs to start with. But I couldn't think of anything else to do with it and I didn't want to freeze it so in the oven it went. We managed to put a good dent in it, but there was still probably well over a pound of it left after all of us had seconds and thirds. (It was a damn good salmon.)
Thus, last night I was inspired to invent "cheesy dijon salmon casserole". Because it is intended for use with leftovers, I am not including much in the way of measurements. Here goes:
equal amount whole wheat macaroni, cooked just shy of al dente
lots of chopped fresh dill
lots of grated white cheddar
lots of grated smoked gruyere or other smoked, soft cheese
equal parts butter & flour
Preheat oven to 375F. Make a béchamel sauce (ie, melt butter, add flour, cook a bit, add milk, whisk to get out lumps, add bay leaves, cook till thick) and add cheese and mustard, stir til smooth. Put salmon, macaroni and dill in a large casserole dish. Pour sauce all over, stir til it looks more or less uniform. Taste (don't worry, it's all cooked stuff). If it needs more salt, add more salt. Oh and pepper might be an idea at this stage too. Stir some more, pop in oven. Breadcrumbs on top would be fun too but I didn't have any. Cook for about 1/2 an hour, until it's nice and brown on top and good and bubbly.
This was actually pretty fortuitous because I made a honking HUGE casserole. Most of it is now in the freezer, so I have officially started my casserole build-up in anticipation of not cooking for a week or so after Blobby is born. I feel so organized!!!!