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    recipe excerpted from: Jacques Pepin Celebrates  Copyright © 2001 by Jacques Pépin

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    yieldsyield: 6 servings time---difficultymoderate

    Salmon steaks, either with the central bone in or boneless, are always popular, because they are quick to prepare and have an appealingly nutty, mild taste, especially if very fresh and completely clean of skin and sinews. For the following recipe, boneless salmon fillets are cut into steaks about 4 inches long and butterflied. Sorrel, high in oxalic acid, is particularly good with salmon, as the acidity cuts down on the richness and fattiness of the fish. The sorrel leaf, with its stem ends flaring outward, is easily recognizable. If the leaves are large or old, remove their tough, fibrous stems.


    6 steaks cut from salmon fillets, completely
    cleaned (each about 4 inches long by 2 inches
    wide by 1 inch thick, and weighing 4 to 5 ounces)
    1 tablespoon canola oil
    cucumber “footballs”
    1 large seedless English cucumber (about
    1 pound), peeled
    14teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    for sorrel sauce and salmon cooking
    112cups (loosely packed) sorrel leaves
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    1 cup heavy cream
    2 tablespoons water
    34teaspoon salt
    14teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


    To butterfly the salmon steaks: With a sharp knife held flat and parallel to the cutting board, cut through the thickness of each steak, stopping just before you reach the other edge, and open the steak like a book to double its size. Your steaks should be 1⁄2 inch thick and about 4 inches square. Rub the steaks on both sides with the oil, and set them aside.

    For the cucumber “footballs”: Cut the peeled cucumber crosswise into 112-inch chunks. (From an English cucumber, you should get six to eight pieces.) Cut each chunk lengthwise into quarters of equal
    size, then cut out and discard the seed strip in the center, and round off the corners of each piece, making the pieces into little oval football shapes (see illustrated technique for “turning” vegetables, page 268). Bring 1 quart of water to boil in a medium saucepan, and add the 14teaspoon salt. Drop in the cucumber pieces, return the water to a boil, and boil the “footballs” for 15 to 20 seconds. Drain. Melt the butter in a skillet, and add the cucumbers. Sprinkle with a dash of extra salt, toss gently, and set aside.

    For the sorrel sauce: Wash and spin-dry the sorrel leaves, then pile them up, one on top of another, and shred them into thin strips, called a julienne or chiffonnade. Heat the tablespoon of butter in a saucepan, preferably stainless steel, add the sorrel, and sauté it gently over medium heat for about 1 minute. You will notice that the sorrel will turn a khaki color. Add the cream and the water to the sorrel, and bring to a boil. Season
    with 12 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper, and set aside.

    When ready to cook the salmon, heat one very large or two medium nonstick skillets over high heat. (No butter is needed.) Sprinkle the six salmon steaks with the remaining 14 teaspoon salt, and arrange them in one layer in the hot skillet(s). Cook over medium to high heat for 35 to 40 seconds. Then, using a large spatula, turn the steaks over, and cook them for another 35 to 40 seconds. Set the steaks aside, off the heat, while you prepare the plates.
    Copyright 2001 by Jacques Pepin

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