Before we begin, congrats to our wonderful friends Krista, Peg and Sheila who all have new books out this week! What a bonanza for MLK and for all us readers.
From Victoria Abbott: It’s here! Never mind the rain or the mosquito hordes, it’s officially grilling season in Eastern Ontario. Of course, many of us grill all year long, snow and ice and all, but there’s something special about firing up the coals when you can actually sit outside to eat the glorious results. All right, we're safe in the screened porch, but officially outside!
We’ve always loved salmon on the grill and now we love it even more. One of the best recipes we’ve found is this one: Cedar-Planked Maple Salmon.
What else can we say?
If you’re planning to make it, be sure to soak the plank in advance, overnight if you can.
Cedar-Planked Maple Salmon
1 untreated cedar plank (we can buy them in the fish section of the grocery store).
4 salmon fillets, all about the same thickness (or one large fillet enough to feed four)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp grainy mustard
¼ tsp sea salt (or to taste)
Directions: Place the plank in a roasting pan or the sink if it will fit.
Cover with warm water and soak at least one hour, but preferably over night. If it floats, and it probably will, weigh it down with a heavy pot.
Mix the maple syrup, mustard and salt together. Pour into a plastic freezer bag. Add the fillets and mix around to cover.
To grill: heat your grill to high (about 400).
Place cedar plank on grill rack and heat for a few minutes.
Place the fillets on the plank and cook for about 20 minutes.
Keep a spray bottle handy in case there’s a flare-up.
A flare-up would have made a dramatic picture, but we didn’t have one this time. You may need to reduce the heat to medium-low.
Remove the fish from plank to plate or serve from a platter. In fact, the plank makes a rustic server if you have a heat-proof surface to serve from. We didn’t think our glass-top table would survive.
We liked this so much, it will become our go-to dish for summer dinner guests. We served it with tangy potato salad and red and green leaf lettuce salad.
If you try it, we'd love to know if it passes the YOU test! Have fun and don't forget the spray bottle.
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