Bourbon Glazed Salmon

BOURBON! Hope that go6O9C2353t your attention. Y’all, this bourbon glazed salmon dish is straight up heavenly. I’m so excited to share it! Sean and I love it so much that it was our choice for dinner on a recent Monday night. This wasn’t just any ol’ Monday – it was December 8th – our wedding anniversary. We went out in Tulsa for dinner the Saturday night before to celebrate, but for the actual night it seemed fitting to cook a nice dinner at home.

The combination of flavors leaves you wanting more: the sweetness of the brown sugar, sharpness from the soy sauce, the tangy spark to your tastebuds from the lime juice, the shy little heat from the pepper, and the not-so-shy burst of bourbon…ohhh that bourbon. It provides an amusing punch to the sauce that brings the whole thing together.

Here’s what you’ll need:

6O9C2354

 

2 or 3 skinless salmon filets

3 tablespoons of bourbon

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

1 tablespoon of lime juice

1 tablespoon of a ginger/garlic/sesame mix…or just ground ginger (…but that all in one stuff is awesome!)

3 tablespoons of sliced green onion

 

STEP 1

Once you’ve got your mis en place (everything in it’s place – ingredients ready for action!) ready, it’s crazy easy from here on out. Mix brown sugar, soy sauce, bourbon, garlic, lime juice, ginger mixture, and black pepper all together in a bowl.
Mixture/Glaze

STEP 2

Well that was easy! Give the liquid mixture a little taste…and I mean little…but beware of the hearty punch to your senses from the bourbon! A little goes a long way, and it cooks out…trust me. It’s the perfect amount when the dish all comes together. Lightly salt the salmon, then pour just half of the mixture over the salmon filets, resting patiently on a plate.

6O9C2365

STEP 3

Place the plate in the fridge to chill until you’re ready to cook. No longer than an hour in advance. When I cooked this, it was about 20/30 minutes early while I waited for Sean to come home and worked on desert. While that chills, Step 3 is really all about the other stuff (took everything in my not to say “all about that bass”…but I stayed strong!) like…oh I don’t know…pouring yourself a hella good glass of red wine? YEAH!

6O9C2376

Quick pause from the recipe to talk about this red blend. Ghost Pines‘ red blend came recommended by a staff member of our neighborhood liquor store, Kwenchers, which has quickly become our favorite place to get wine/beer/scotch (Sean’s a scotchy-scotch guy). I asked for “a nice red blend” and mentioned I usually love Apothic but wanted to try something different for our anniversary dinner. Kwenchers certainly knows good wine, because this recommendation was perfect. As I started to prepare dessert in advance, I took a sip…and it was like a Zack Morris style “time out” where the world stopped for a moment and let me savor its beautiful balance. Anyone else like a good red blend like me? It’s a medium bodied red, similar to Apothic, but slightly less sweet with a dryer finish. It’s absolutely perfect for this kind of dish. Just had to share!

STEP 4

Sides! Most any sides will do. I just threw together some small whole carrots and white rice. For the carrots, I sautéed them in a bit of a random mixure (but a personal favorite) of chicken broth and pumpkin pie spice. SUPER random sounding, right? But try it. Juuuuuuuuust try it 🙂 Be sure to let it simmer and roll around in the broth while covered. It’s our favorite easy way to cook carrots while also giving it a hint of spice. Nothing too fancy with the white rice. I always add a little butter, salt, and pepper to taste, then finish it with a little chopped parsley mixed in.

STEP 5

Cook the salmon in the pan for just a few minutes each side, depending on how thick your slices are. Our’s were thawed from frozen and on the thinner side, so about 3 to 4 minutes on one side, flip carefully, and 2 to 3 minutes on the other did the trick. After you flip the salmon, add the remaining glaze that you set aside originally and let it all come together just before it’s perfectly cooked; soaking in the fresh flavors at the last 2-3 minutes.

6O9C2380Sprinkle some chopped green onions over the dish (or a lot…like we did!) and ENJOY! I can’t wait to make this again. It’s a perfectly divine, perfectly easy recipe to make any night of the week. It was a classy compliment to our special night.

After dinner we decided to join the chilly Oklahoma evening outside for a fire in our fire pit. Jackets on, drinks refreshed, and a perfect night by the fire to laugh hysterically and catch up on life with my best friend, love of my life – my dear hubby. Love you so much, Sean.

Fire pit

 

Enjoy this dish for a special night, or for any ol’ day. We adore it. Hope you do too!

Happy cooking 🙂

 

Engagement Chicken

Have you ever heard of the “Engagement Chicken” recipe? Legend has it (and apparently the legend goes back a only few years, but let’s just go with it) that if you’re dating a guy, and then you make this dinner for him, he’ll propose soon after. It’s a cute tale…and an AMAAAAZING recipe! So amazing, that my house was filled with the mouthwatering scent of fresh rosemary, lemon and roasted chicken on this fine summer’s evening. No, I don’t need my man to propose to me (because he already DID! Waaahooo!) but I thought:

What the heck. I have the day off. We’re engaged. It’s called ‘engagement chicken.’ The recipe sounds easy enough, and oh my goodness…there’s a full 2 1/2 lb chicken right there in Trader Joes just staring at me. That’s it….I’m making it!

And so I did : )

Well this is awkward.

I obviously don’t handle full chickens very often. If this seems a little much for you, and you thought about cooking it at first, don’t worry, you’ll get through it just fine! Just take out the baggie of “stuff” inside and rinse the chicken thoroughly.

This is where I started crying. No, it wasn’t for the chicken’s life. I said a little “thank you for this chicken” prayer, and remembered that the chicken we eat all the time has to be prepared somehow. So thankfully I was over that. The tears were brought on by these extremely fresh onions. Ahhhhh! I was a hot mess. I dried my eyes, then continued on.

Ooohhhhh yeaaaaa!!! I dressed up this bad boy with 3 whole lemons, 1/2 a cup of lemon juice, 3 small yellow onions, rosemary, salt, and pepper. I chopped the whole lemons into slimmer sections so that they could be stuffed in there, and then I also added the onions in there too. Whatever was left over was simply scattered around the chicken.

So while the chicken is cooking to perfection (350 degrees for an hour & a half), I toasted our favorite little zucchini bites up top! These are so delicious and simple to prepare. Check out the recipe, found it on Pinterest!

Ta daaaaaaa! Dinner was served, and Sean was in love all over again. I couldn’t get over how delightful my house smelled from this creation. It tasted pretty darn delicious too. SUPER tender. We threw on tiny red potatoes and those zucchini bites as sides. After dinner, Sean cleaned up the kitchen while I sipped my wine and thought about how much I love my life. Thank you, engagement chicken!

Happy cooking.