Salmon with Pistou and a tomato sauce
- 2 x Salmon steacks, 3 cm thick (3/4 in) part only
- 2 x New-season onions, white green parts removed
- 36 x Basil leaves
- 4 x Very ripe tomatoes
- 6 x Cloves of garlic, inner
- 15 g Unsalted butter (1/2 oz)
- 1 x Sprig of fresh thyme
- 6 tb Olive oil
- Salt, pepper and cayenne
(Saumon au pistou)
Pistou: put the basil, peeled garlic, olive oil and some salt and pepper into a liquidizer or food processor. Work the machine until you have a fairly thick puree.
Sauce: slice the onions, cut the tomatoes into quarters and put them with the onions into a saucepan on the stove. Add 100 ml (scant 1/4 pint) water, cook until the tomatoes have softened to a pulp, sieve and set it aside.
Skin the salmon and bone it.
Cut each piece in two horizontally.
Arrange the fish in an oven dish smeared with olive oil. (the oven dish needs to be made of a thin metal that conducts heat quickly.)
Season with salt, pepper and cayenne, and put a dab of butter
on to each piece of fish.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 oC/400 oF. Leave the salmon in the oven for 2 minutes, then take it out again.
It will continue to cook while you finish the sauces.
Reheat the tomato sauce. Season it with salt, pepper, cayenne and fresh thyme.
Bring it briefly to the boil.
The pistou can be eaten hot or cold; to heat it, whisk it while it warms up over a low heat.
Serve each piece of salmon with a little tomato sauce underneath it.
Coat with the pistou.
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