This is one of those simple dishes that comes to you in a flash of inspiration.
What better complement to the innate richness of salmon than smoky bacon broiled crisp? Anoint it all with the funky sweetness of a good balsamic vinegar. Serve a simple green salad and steamed broccoli florets spritzed with lemon juice as contrast.
- Broiled salmon with bacon
- Broccoli spritzed with lemon
- Baby greens salad
- French bread
- Vanilla ice cream
- Salmon steaks can be substituted for fillets.
- Regular bacon works fine here but consider indulging in a "gourmet" brand such as Nueske's for extra flavor and texture.
- Beverage pairing: A fruit-forward California cabernet sauvignon has the muscle to take on the salmon and bacon. Oddly, Dr Pepper also would work well with the smoky sweetness.
4 salmon fillets, about 1 pound
1/4 teaspoon each: salt, freshly ground pepper
4 slices bacon
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Yield: 4 servings
1. Heat broiler. Season salmon with salt and pepper; place skin-side down in a broiler pan or cookie sheet. Cover with bacon strips; brush salmon and bacon with 1 tablespoon of the balsamic vinegar.
2. Broil until cooked through and bacon is crisp, about 8 minutes, basting with remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar halfway through cooking.
Nutrition information per serving: 225 calories, 45 percent of calories from fat, 11 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 79 mg cholesterol, 1 g carbohydrates, 28 g protein, 350 mg sodium, 0 g fiber