Here's a little fact about Mr. Stranded: He's a loyal guy. Once he finds something he likes, he sticks with it and is not willing to consider other options. If I buy flounder, he wants me to pan fry it with House-Autry breader. If I'm going to grill chicken thighs, he wants me to marinade them the same, old way. If I buy filet mignon, he's looking for Beef Wellington. And if I pick up some orechiette, he wants it with sausage and broccoli rabe.
I guess it bodes well for me that my sweet, wonderful hubby is sure of what he likes and sticks with it (at least as it pertains to me, anyway.) But can't we get some variety in here when it comes to food?
Mr. Stranded likes his salmon cooked one way: this way. It's actually pretty decent. But after cooking it the same way year, after year, after year, I'm sick of it. So tonight I put my foot down and decided to try something new, despite the complaining I was sure to receive.
And sure enough, I faced some some frowns, whining, and huffing. I even got a fake throw up noise. You would think by his reaction, I was about to feed a child. But after one bite, finally...a smile.
I found this Double-Horseradish Potato Salmon recipe at Cooking Light and doctored it up a bit. The crispy outer-shell and soft, tender fish was a nice contrast. And the flavor was quite good. I will definitely make this again - and I don't think Mr. Stranded will mind!
Horseradish-Potato Salmon Filets Recipe
Yields: 2 salmon filets
2 salmon filets, 6 oz each
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1-1/2 Tbsp prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp wasabi powder
1/4 c instant potato flakes
salt and pepper
1. Combine mustard, horseradish, thyme and wasabi powder. Set aside.
2. Sprinkle both sides of salmon filets with salt and pepper. Brush with mustard mixture. Dredge through potato flakes until all sides are coated.
3. Lightly coat an oven-proof pan with cooking spray. Over Medium-High heat, cook salmon until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Place salmon under broiler and broil, 2-3 minutes per side or until it reaches desired degree of doneness. Serve immediately.
NOTE: I placed the broiler rack in the middle of the oven. My broiler element is at the top. It was too hot to turn on the oven. You can also preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bake for 6 minutes.