Some old friends came over to dinner tonight with their kids, and only as I was serving did I realize that, inadvertently, I had made an entirely orange dinner. I can't show you the whole thing because my photos of the plates came out too blurry, but let me summarize:
- "Dinner party salmon" (recipe follows)
- Sweet-potato latkes
- Roasted orange cauliflower
- Roasted cubed butternut squash
- Homemade macaroni and cheese (for the veggie 10-year-old)
This salmon dish is one of my party standbys. It can be prepped and refrigerated hours in advance and takes only 15 minutes to bake.
Dinner party salmon
- 8 two-inch-wide salmon fillets (or a whole side of salmon in one piece)
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp lemon zest
- juice of one small lemon
- 2 Tbsp dried tarragon (or fresh, if you have it)
- 1/4 cup plain wheat germ
- salt and pepper
Mix together mustard, mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice and tarragon. Spread mixture liberally on all sides of salmon. Sprinkle wheat germ on top and press into fish; this will act as a crust when the fish bakes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. If you have a convection setting, use that for 10 minutes instead, and the wheat germ will crisp up a little. It's nice either way.
Leftovers, if you have them, make an excellent salmon salad.