Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Maple-Pepper Salmon Bites

These little salmon bites really surprised me. First of all, I was scared of all that pepper because I'm not a huge pepper lover and just the idea of so much of it was making me gag a little. So I dipped some in pepper and left some undipped. Then I got a huge glass of water ready and popped a peppery one in my mouth. It was sooo delicious...not only did I not gag, I immediately ate about five more. Then I tried a plain one and ended up dumping a bunch of pepper over it, so it would taste more like the other ones. Since these couldn't be easier, I'll definitely be making them for the salmon lovers I know (don't be scared).

Serves 6 as an hors d'oeuvre

1 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup soy sauce
24 oz. skinned salmon fillet, cut into bite-size cubes
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
vegetable or canola oil

1.       Combine maple syrup and soy sauce in a medium-size bowl and add salmon, making sure the fish is fully immersed in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
2.       Grease a sheet of aluminum foil with the oil (vegetable oil sprays work well). Preheat oven to 500° F.
3.       Put pepper in small bowl or plate and dip top of salmon pieces into pepper. Place each peppered piece on foil, then cook in oven for 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Epicurious, January 1999 by Nancy Hawley
skinless salmon fillets
maple syrup
soy sauce
salmon marinating
dipping in black pepper
ready to bake
close up
Just to prove that my ability to hurt myself with ordinary,
every day stuff is unparalleled...I managed to get a speck of
black pepper jammed so deeply under my nail that I couldn't
get it out. It hurt for two days (I made these salmon bites
about five days ago). It's finally numb or something because
the stinging stopped. Now I can get back to obsessing about
my twitchy eye (don't ask).

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