This dish is an adapation of a dish by Thomas Keller in his cookbook Bouchon where duck confit is used as the protein. Scoring the fish helps the fish cook more even and provides a nice sear. You also get better flavor by adding seasoning within the scores.
Service for 4
4 Salmon Fillets with Skin on
1 pound Brussel Sprouts
1 Garlic clove cut into slivers
2 T. chives finely chopped
1 shallot finely diced
4 sprigs thyme
1/4 pound slab bacon
3 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 T. creme frache or heavy cream
1 T olive oil
The Brussel Sprouts:
Blanch for 4-5 minutes in boiling salted water. Refresh in cold water to keep the color.
Cut the bacon slab into 1/4 slice then slice again into 1/4 pieces. Saute bacon in 1 T Olive oil till light browned
Reserve half the bacon for garnish...
hen add the cut brussel sprouts flat side down. Cook till light browned, then add the garlic slivers and cook another 30 seconds. Add the stock and 1/4 white wine.
Add 1/2 the bacon, shallots, and saute in 1 T butter. Add the stock and mustard. Whisk in cream and reduce till desired consistency is reached. Add chives and thyme.
Score the salmon and dry the skin well. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Sear skin side down till skin is crispy. Flip over fish and cook till complete. Usually this means 75% of cooking time will be skin side down.
Reheat the brussel sprouts with 1/2 bacon. Pour over sauce and garnish with additional bacon, and chives. Set the salmon on top as shown in the photo below.