Recently I spent some time relaxing in Seattle which happened to coincide with Copper River salmon season. In my role as guest chef it was my job to cook the meals for my hosts. Wild salmon has a very delicate flavor so restraint is called for when preparing it. The French en Papillote technique is ideal. Combining it with a ton of garlic or chipotle pepper is not.
As a side dish I prepared a bagna cauda. Among the items I used for dipping were watermelon radishes. The pink hue of the interior looks nice with salmon so I decided to add them to the packets for this version.
sheets parchment paper, each 12” x 12”
unsalted butter, softened
pound wild salmon, or enough depending on size for four individual portions
watermelon radish about the size of a lime
fresh dill, roughly chopped and divided for serving*
Standup commis flâneur, and food historian. Pierino's background is in Italian and Spanish cooking but of late he's focused on frozen desserts. He is now finishing his cookbook, MALAVIDA! Can it get worse? Yes, it can. Visit the Malavida Brass Knuckle cooking page at Facebook and your posts are welcome there.