Baked Salmon Stuffed With Salmon Mousse - Country Living
115-lb whole Alaskan salmon,
-dressed with head and tail
-left on, boned (see Note)
1 lb Boned and skinned flounder
6 oz Sliced smoked salmon
1 c(1/2 pt) heavy cream
2Large egg whites
1/4 ts Ground white pepper
1/4 cFresh lemon juice
1/2 cChopped fresh herb leaves
-(We used equal amounts of
-parsley, dill, thyme, and
Fresh herb sprigs
1. Early in day or day before serving, stuff and bake salmon: Rinse
salmon and pat dry. Place two large baking sheets together to make a
pan long enough to completely cover oven rack. Line pans with
aluminum foil, turning up at edges to make a rim around pan.
Generously grease a wide strip diagonally across foil; place salmon
on greased strip. With sharp knife, make cuts, 3/4 to 1 inch apart
and 1/4-inch deep, across top of fish.
2. In food processor, with chopping blade, process flounder and smoked
salmon until smooth. With processor blade whirling, add cream, egg
whites, and pepper through the feed tube; process until well combined
to make mousse.
3. Heat oven to 350F. Spoon mousse into body cavity of salmon; with
needle and thread, sew body cavity of salmon closed.
4. Pour lemon juice over salmon and sprinkle with 1/4 C chopped
herbs. Bake salmon 35 to 40 minutes or until center is cooked through
and thermometer when inserted through salmon cavity into center of
mousse registers 160F. Cover salmon on baking sheets and refrigerate
until well chilled.
5. Place salmon on serving platter, herbed side up. Remove and discard
thread from salmon cavity. Sprinkle salmon with remaining 1/4 C
chopped herbs. Arrange herb sprigs and lemon slices around salmon on
platter. Cut some lemon slices in half and place over gill area on
fish. Cut one lemon slice into wedges and place 2 or 3 over eye. To
serve, cut salmon into crosswise slices, cutting large slices in half
for a serving.
Note: If your local fish market is unable to bone the fish for you,
follow these in structions to bone a whole, eviscerated salmon. First
rinse entire fish and dry. With kitchen scissors, extend the body
cavity opening from the head to the tail.
From inside cavity, sever backbone from head and tail, being carefu1
not to cut through skin. Starting from tail, with very sharp, boning
knife, separate bones away from flesh, keeping knife as close to
bones as possible. (Rib cage should remain intact.) Follow bone
structure al1 the way to the head and backbone. Repeat on opposite
side to remove entire rib cage, finishing by cutting backbone from
the skin. Lightly run fingers along flesh, if any bones are stil1
present, remove them with long-nose pliers or tweezer.
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