"DC Chopped challenge week 5"

janet ann
By janet ann Latest Reply 2012-07-22 17:11:19 -0500
Started 2012-07-20 09:00:14 -0500

I'm new to DC and "Chopped" on Nick1962 suggestion i am filling this weeks basket.
You have…

Salmon fillet
1 mango
Diced fresh coconut
1 red chilli
onion seeds
plus the fridge & pantry

I would heat a grill pan, lightly season and oil the salmon and place skin side down to get it crispy. chop the mango put in a dish with the coconut, half teaspoon of onion seeds and finely chopped red chiili (seeds optional) i would use half the chilli, squeeze in the juice of half a lime and mix. I would serve this with the salmon on top sprinkled with coriander. Anyone going to try this basket?

7 replies

Nick1962 2012-07-21 18:53:20 -0500 Report

Ooooh a good challenge. I've never worked with onion seed before. But I’m glad to see coconut because now I can try something from Hawaii thats really off my diet (but it might just be worth the high BG’s for an hour) – Ono Butter Mochi (do I have that right Carol?). So, my meal:

Smoked onion seed crusted salmon and mescaline salad with a roasted chilli pepper goat cheese dressing
Mango kiwi fruit salad with an orange blossom honey drizzle
Ono Butter Mochi.

I like to soak my salmon in some salt water for a few hours to ease any of the fishy taste. Once dried with a paper towel, coat the salmon fillet with oil.
In a dry non-stick pan, gently toast 1-2 tablespoons onion seeds and let cool. Coat the fillet with the onion seed.
Smoke the fillet. There are many ways to smoke a piece of fish, but I’ll do it out on the Weber grill with a little mesquite wood. I’ll throw the chili pepper on the grill to smoke as well.
Once the fillet is smoked, set aside to chill and prepare dressing by coring and seeding the chili pepper and removing the skin with a knife. Wash hands and utensils thoroughly afterwards.
Plcaew the roasted pepper in a blender with 1 Tbsp. Olive oil and blend on low to a medium puree. Add 1-1/2 c. goat cheese, 2-3 Tbsp. milk, and a pinch of kosher salt and blend on low until incorporated. Set aside to chill.
Peel, seed and dice the mango as well as peel and dice one kiwi and toss in a bowl with just a few threads of orange blossom honey.
The Ono Butter Mochi takes some time. This is (to my understanding) a coconut custard type bread that uses a mochiko (glutinous rice) flour, is local to Hawaii, and is served in a chunk like pound cake. So I’ll have to run the coconut through the processor to get a fine flake, then toss it with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar to sweeten it. Here’s the ingredients for a recipe I found, and it looks like it makes a ton (and it’s certainly not D friendly).

1 pound mochiko
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup ground macadamia nut
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 cups whole milk
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut

So arrange your mescaline (or preferred salad greens) on a plate with other veggies of choice, flake the cooled smoked salmon and add to lettuce. Top with a thin drizzle of the pepper and goat cheese dressing. Spoon out a little of the mango and kiwi on the side. I’d rush through eating this because I love coconut and couldn’t wait to get to that Butter Mochi for dessert.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-20 19:16:41 -0500 Report

I don't eat fish, but would make a chutney out of the mango, coconut, red chili and onion seeds to taste. I would add apple and tomatoes and a little bit of cilantro and fresh garlic. All of this would be added in a sauce pan with 2tb spoon of cranberry juice and stired until well heated. I would use my forman grill and season the salmon with pepper and very small amount of salt or salt substitute and cook until done. Then I would top with the chutney and add a small mixed greens salad. Then I would give it to my family and eat something else:)

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-22 16:21:13 -0500 Report

Love your reply, its very close to what my mum said when she read my basket.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-22 17:11:19 -0500 Report

Thanks, I wish I did like fish/sea food. I do eat lobster and deep fried shrimp once in a while. I'm happy that my husband and kids like it though since it is good for you.

It is a good basket though:)