Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Maple Balsamic Glazed Salmon


I did it.  I finally took the plunge.  It was scary but I overcame my fear of commitment and I just went for it.  Yes, I bought a treadmill.  I've never been happier.  His name is Earl and he is perfect.  He is always there when I need him and so far he is completely reliable.  It's getting pretty serious.  I think I'm in love.


Isn't he handsome?  We are having a really great time together.  I have been trying to spend quality time with Earl every day.  We've been watching Breaking Bad.  I'm really looking forward to watching some baseball with him soon.

With this new relationship I figured it's time to get serious about making some changes in my eating habits too.  I've been spending most of my time in the grocery store reading labels.  I have one word--gross.  Actually, gross is normally preceded by the word um which is followed by a question mark.  Is um a word?  I'm saying it is.  I've decided that if I can't pronounce the ingredients in something, I'm no longer purchasing it.

Another change I've decided to make is to eat more fish--especially salmon.  I love Salmon.  Since it's still freezing cold here and my grill is frozen shut (no, I'm not kidding about that), it has to be roasted in the oven.  Anytime I oven roast fish I prefer to finish it off with a glaze.  I'm not sure how this started but now it's a habit that I can't seem to break.  Hence, this recipe for Maple Balsamic Glazed Salmon.

I'm lucky enough to have a fantastic store that specializes in olive oil and vinegars right down the street from me.  Stuarto's has some amazing flavors of balsamic vinegars.  Anything from a coconut white balsamic to an 18 year aged traditional balsamic and everything in between.   If you're in the Lexington area you can stop in and sample anytime during their business hours.  They also appear at the Saturday farmers market in Cheapside Park in downtown Lex.  Seriously.  Go.  Your tastebuds will thank you.  If you aren't in Lexington, don't worry.  They ship. Did I mention that they also have sea salts and naturally flavored cane sugars?  Ah-mazing.

I made this recipe with an aged traditional balsamic but the possibilities are endless.  I served my salmon with a green salad and some of the most perfect potato wedges I've ever made.  Simply seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and olive oil in order to not over power the flavors of the fish.


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Ingredients

12 ounces salmon
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper

In a small saucepan combine maple syrup, vinegar, rosemary, garlic and a pinch of salt.  Bring to a boil.   Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place salmon on a foil lined baking sheet.  Brush with lemon juice.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush with all of the glaze.  Return to oven for about 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

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