Salmon al Cartoccio

Giada De Laurentiis is awesome and not just because she is beautiful, family-oriented and Italian. She makes food regular people will cook. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ina Garten and the like, but sometimes they use ingredients that I just don’t have, like ground ginger or fresh figs. It’s not even that I can’t find these ingredients, I just honestly don’t want to buy a lot of expensive items that I might not even use all of. Maybe someday down the road I won’t feel guilty buying 8 ounces of dry cured center cut applewood smoked bacon and a bottle of cognac for my husband Jeffrey’s Beef Bourguignon… but in the meantime…

I made a salmon dish last night that was inspired by Giada’s recipe “Salmon Baked in Foil” from her book Everyday Italian (shout out to Nikki for her awesome Christmas 2009 gift). It was so easy to prepare and especially easy to clean up. Plus it was ridiculously healthy and flavorful. Double points. This is probably one of the better meals I’ve made in a while (random aside: just learned the difference between awhile and a while, why didn’t I know this?).

Ingredients for 2 people:

-About 1 lb of salmon fillet (cut in 2 pieces)

-2 tomatoes, chopped

-salt and pepper

-dried thyme and dried oregano (or if you have fresh you can use that…I’m just saving that $)

-olive oil

-1 small onion, chopped

-1 lemon cut in half

Rockin' my Cape Cod bracelet in Brooklyn, what what?

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl stir the chopped tomatoes and onion, 1 tbsp olive oil, the juice of half a lemon (save the other half for another time), a healthy dash of thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Please don’t ask me for measurements-you have to learn to eyeball this stuff. Lay out 2 sheets of aluminum foil. In the center spoon some olive oil. Place a salmon fillet on each piece of foil and turn it so both sides are oiled. Cover the salmon with the tomato mixture (Giada said to sprinkle the fillets with more salt and pepper before this step but I didn’t bother and it tasted great). Fold the foil over everything, covering completely, and seal the packets closed. Place these foil packets on a large baking sheet. I also covered this with foil in case anything leaked; I didn’t want a difficult cleanup. Bake until the salmon is cooked through, about 25 minutes. I served this with small sautéed potatoes.

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