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Bacon and salmon team up for knockout combo

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.

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- Broiled salmon with bacon

- Broccoli spritzed with lemon

- Baby greens salad

- French bread

- Vanilla ice cream

TIPS

- 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.

BROILED SALMON

WITH BACON

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

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