Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Silver & Gold



I feel like Yukon Cornelius on Christmas! A silver salmon at dawn and golden chanterelles by dusk. You can't ask for better lucre than that, not in my book.

The silver was nothing to brag about—a small resident salmon caught at a local beach that made a good meal for the kids. The chanties came from a quick jaunt out to the foothills. It's been raining clams and oysters in the Puget Sound region for the last week and I figured there'd be some early gold in them thar hills. Sure enough, my usual spot produced a nice haul. If this weather continues, we're in for a serious fall of shroomery. The salmon forecast, on the other hand, is up for grabs.

Here's a killer chanterelle recipe that's much easier to make than it looks.

Chicken and Chanterelles in Tomato Madeira Sauce

1. Saute diced shallot and garlic in olive oil. Add chopped chanterelles and cook until mushrooms release their water. Season to taste. Meanwhile add penne pasta to salted boiling water.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste to sauce and stir. In a separate pan, fry pounded-thin and floured chicken cutlets in butter.

3. Finish tomato-chanterelle sauce with madeira wine and add water as necessary.

4. Serve sauce over chicken over pasta, and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

6 comments:

Audrey said...

Yum. That sounds simple and looks delicious. Nice job finding a silver lining in all this rain.

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook said...

Rain? Mushrooms? What are those. Wah. We're still locked in drought down here in Cali. Maybe I'll get chantrelles by Thanksgiving...

Flytimes said...

Wow what a fish, it filled the whole frame:)

Live to Hunt.... said...

What an amazing looking pasta dish. Yum-O

Finspot said...

Audrey: I like your optimism. It's been a tough couple weeks weather-wise.

Hank: Take a page from Audrey; while we're done with chanties by Turkey Day, you're just getting going, with mushrooms to be had through the winter, when they're needed most in stews, stuffings, and comforting sauces.

WT: I'll admit my first silver of the year was about a fifth the weight of yours, which is why editing skills are a must in this bizness.

LTH: It's one of my favorites, and ridiculously easy. Love this time of year! Thanks for tuning in everyone.

gotrecipe? said...

recipe? is there sauce besides the tomato paste?

great blog btw.