[foodie challenge 2011] linguine with salmon & cheese-chive sauce

Last night Mike and I did my first meal of my Foodie Challenge 2011. I'm now one step closer to becoming a master chef [just kidding] We had a lot of fun and Mike made sure to do things that I already know how to do, like prep the ingredients and cook the salmon, so I actually learn. Let's be honest, Mike doesn't have much left to learn when it comes to cooking. I'm the helpless one here. Now I present the [picture heavy] events of the night...

 This recipe came from Food Lovers Quick & Easy recipe book. I saw it at Half Priced books a while back and couldn't pass it up. Though, I wouldn't consider this recipe to be "quick and easy" it was fun to do with Mike though. Here's the recipe and instructions:

14 oz linguine
2 tbsp butter, divided
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Scant 1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup vegetable broth (stock)
1 1/4 cup Gruyere cheese
2/3 cup creme fraiche
Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 hot red chili pepper
1 lb salmon fillet, skinned and cut into bite sized chunks
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp snipped chives

Prep and cook time: 30 min
1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente; drain and keep warm
2. Meanwhile prepare the sauce: heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a skillet; add onion and garlic and saute unto soft. Add the wine and broth (stock), then stir in the cheese and creme fraiche and simmer for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside, keeping warm.
3. Wearing gloves to prevent irritation, seed and devein the chili and slice into thin strips. Heat the remaining butter in a skillet and fry the salmon and chili for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
4. Stir the chives into the sauce, toss with the drained pasta and arrange on plates, topped with the salmon.

I didn't do a very good job of making a grocery list and we forgot to get the cooking wine and chili peppers. I also had no clue where Gruyere cheese or creme fraiche was so instead, we got Parmesan and regular sour cream. When we got back and realized we didn't have two key ingredients we had to improvise. We used dried red chili peppers instead of fresh ones. We looked around for wine and the only thing we could find was left over pink champagne from NYE [so if I don't post the next few days it's might be because I'm in the hospital from food poisoning haha] 

We forgot to start the salmon before we got into the sauce so towards the end we were just keeping the sauce warm and stirred while Mike cooked up the fish. Silly us.

Finished! It was soooooo good. I was really surprised at how amazing it tasted. I guess I should believe in myself a little more! I just never thought my first go would be so tasty! The only thing I would change is how much red pepper I used. I went a little crazy and had to down three glasses of milk to deal with the heat. Over all it was a pretty cheap meal. $15 over all. Much cheaper than a night out at a restaurant and just as fun. I think this will be easy to turn into a weekly thing.

Today, Mike and I are headed to Indiana to go snowboarding. I'm super excited. I haven't been in forever it seems. I hope I pick it up again quickly so we can get all the time on the mountain we can. Have a great day everyone! I'll snap a few Instagram shots here and there for you :]


  1. great post!!!!!!!!
    sounds yummy!

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