Salmon for a Party – plus an olive oil giveaway!

December 15, 2010  •  Condiments, Fish & Seafood,

With all of my travels and efforts to help move my parents in November, I totally neglected my olive oil giveaway post. Fortunately, I have the perfect use for this olive oil, and it’s in my full salmon technique that I use when cooking for a large group – perfect for the holidays!I like this technique because you can make a large volume of salmon very easily, even cooking it ahead and refrigerating it to serve on a buffet table for a cocktail party, brunch or dinner. Start by laying the whole filet out on a double layer of foil, then sprinkle it liberally with salt and pepper and cover with minced herbs. I like a mix of parsley, tarragon,and chives, but you can use a single herb or a mixture like this.Then take a lemon and use either a strip zester (removes thin slices of zest) or a knife to zest the lemon. Spread the zest over the top and squeeze the juice over it. Seal up the entire fish in foil – that helps to keep the moisture in – and bake at 400 degrees (or place on a grill over medium high heat) for about 12 minutes, then let rest on the counter for another 10 minutes before opening the foil. Right before serving, drizzle with some high quality extra virgin olive oil like this month’s selection from the folks at Gourmet Cooking & Living. This “Mosto Classico” oil from Calvi is unfiltered and is bottled just like it comes from the mill. You’ll find it fresh and fruity which makes it an excellent olive oil for finishing a dish like this. Thanks to Gourmet Cooking & Living, you can enjoy a bottle of this oil for free! Just comment below and let me know your favorite holiday party snack to serve and you’ll be entered into the drawing. Comment soon as the giveaway will be decided on Friday afternoon! (PS Don’t forget to check out Gourmet Cooking & Living’s Olive Oil of the Month Club – I’ve been a member for years and love it!)


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  1. Dawn Nowak says:

    Looks wonderful! Please enter me into your olive oil giveaway! 🙂

  2. Jan says:

    My favorite to serve is white bean dip with crusty toasted bread

  3. Heather Coston says:

    Looks really good. I love to serve Havarti cheese bites for a holiday party snack. Guests love them. Please enter me in your olive oil giveaway. Thanks.

  4. Audrey Will says:

    Thank you for this Salmon recipe…can’t wait to try it! My favorite holiday snack is smoked salmon rolled with cream cheese in it, and capers/onions sprinkled on top! Finish with a little dill and a toothpick to keep it together and make it pretty. Would love to be entered into olive oil giveaway :-). Merry Christmas!

  5. Lori reed says:

    My new favorite holiday snack is croustini with soft feta goat cheese. The recipe is from this site, easy to do, people can and do participate, it tastes great and make the vegetarians happy. I’ll try the salmon soon,as it is my kind of cooking.

  6. Jen Merschel says:

    My favorite holiday snack is a Peppered Garlic Confit. I got the recipe from Cooking Light a few years ago and now I love having it for cocktail parties.