Baked Salmon with Creamy Leeks

Fresh garlic is poached in cream, giving the leeks an even sweeter flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium leeks
  • 8   garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp (30 mL plus 5 mL) Dijon mustard, divided
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter, melted
  • 4   skinless salmon fillets (4-6 oz each)
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) coarsely ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chicken broth

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C) . Cut leeks in half lengthwise; slice into 1/4-in. (6 mm) pieces. Place into medium Bamboo Fiber Bowl and swish in cold water to remove dirt. Drain leeks in large Stainless Mesh Colander and place in Salad & Berry Spinner; spin dry and set aside. Slice garlic lengthwise into quarters. Place garlic and cream in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat 7-8 minutes or until garlic is tender. Stir in 1 tsp (5 mL) of the mustard; remove saucepan from heat.

  2. Meanwhile, line Large Sheet Pan with foil. Combine bread crumbs, parsley and butter in Small Batter Bowl; mix well. Season fillets with 1/4 tsp (1 mL) of the salt and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) of the pepper. Brush remaining mustard over fillets; top generously with bread crumb mixture. Bake 12-14 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

  3. Add oil and leeks to (10-in./24 cm) Skillet; cook over medium heat 2-4 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Add broth and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) of the salt; cook 3-4 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Add cream mixture and remaining salt and pepper; simmer 5-6 minutes or until cream is thickened. Serve salmon with leeks.

Yield:

  • 4  servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 440, Total Fat 30 g, Saturated Fat 12 g, Cholesterol 115 mg, Carbohydrate 16 g, Protein 25 g, Sodium 810 mg, Fiber 1 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 3 medium-fat meat, 3 fat (1/2 carb)

Cook's Tips:

Drying the leeks in the Salad & Berry Spinner allows for less moisture in the leeks, shortening the time it takes to reduce the liquid and creating a creamier leek mixture.

 
Ask for center-cut fillets when purchasing the salmon. This way, each fillet will bake evenly.

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