Everyday Dorie: Salmon Brandade

March 13, 2023 at 9:42 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things | 3 Comments
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salmon brandade

I’m pretty embarrassed by how late I sometimes write up my posts, but one good thing about being late to the game is getting to read the recipe reviews from other group members before I head into the kitchen. I picked up some tips for the Salmon Brandade I should have posted on Friday, but didn’t make until last night. I am very familiar with brandade as an olive oil-whipped salt cod and potato spread (yum!), but Dorie’s version here is like a mashed potato-topped salmon shepherd’s pie, using both smoked salmon and chunks of salmon fillet.

From Shirley, I got the idea to add some veggies to the filling…really just the last handful of peas I had in a baggie in the freezer. Diane mentioned that her husband doesn’t like smoked salmon, so she only used half of what is called for in the recipe and all was fine. My husband doesn’t like it either, and I didn’t want to hear any complaints, so although I love it, I followed suit. I did save $10 not having to buy a second packet, so I owe Diane a coffee if she’s ever in town. She also noted that the bread crumb topping didn’t get very crispy in the oven, and the dish could have used some more textural contrast. I tossed my panko crumbs in a bit of olive oil and baked them separately until they were nice and toasty brown, then sprinkled them on top of the cooked brandade. So, thank you Shirley and Diane! This came out a nice, cozy dinner for a chilly night.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.




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  1. Thanks for the shout out. Let’s say we learn from each other; that’s the fun part of group baking. What I learn from you is the separate treatment of panko and then top the brandade. Brilliant!

  2. I like all the additions you made…we make a good collaborative group!…and I am sure the crunchy topping was great. I need some new cooking dishes…yours is perfect for this recipe!

  3. Glad I was helpful. Posting late has its advantages.

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