Baked Salmon and Fingerling Potatoes
with Roasted Garlic, Caper
and Lemon & Thyme Aioli

The secret to this dish is really the Aioli, a garlic mayonnaise which occurs by blending the egg yolks with a thin stream of oil slowly added during processing. Aioli is a common cooking additive in Italy as well as Provence France where yearly they celebrate the Aioli festival. The salmon is baked here in a foil pouch with a good spreading of Aioli and thyme sprigs in a 400 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes. I use a foil pouch for each separate piece of fish. This timing is pretty acurate, but check periodically for oven temperatures vary. After spreading aioli dressing, seal pouch. When fish is done, open the pouch to reveal the top of fish. Bake till a little golden on top. *This doesn't always look very pretty, but the taste is outstanding! For the fingerling potatoes I first boil them in a pot of salted water and I add a few cloves of garlic. Can I use too much garlic? :) When easily pierced with a fork, I remove the potatoes and slice in half lengthwise. I toss with a half of a cup of prepared Aioli and lay in a roasting pan. I cook in a 400 degree oven till glazed well with aioli dressing and golden in color.
Roasted Garlic, Caper and Lemon Thyme Aioli 2 Cloves garlic Extra-virgin olive oil 2 -3 sprigs of Thyme 1 tablespoon water Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup Capers 2 egg yolks 3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup light olive oil (*not extra virgin) 1/4 cup mayonnaise Take paper off cloves of garlic and put in a foil pouch with olive oil, thyme, water, salt and pepper. Seal the pouch around the edges and roast in the oven till garlic is tender, around 15 minutes. Process eggs, lemon juice, capers, salt and pepper in a blender, add the roasted garlic and thyme from pouch and process. Pour in the light olive oil in a slow, steady stream until the aioli emulsifies. Fold in mayonnaise and lemon zest, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Garnish with thyme.

Use Aioli on pastas, as dips, topped on scrambled egg in brioche.. the uses are endless! Buon Appetito, Ciao and hugs to you!! Laurie


Lori Lynn said...

I think the aioli on top of that salmon looks delicious! Now again, I am also drooling over your platter even though I only get a peek at it.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm drooling over everything! You got me at the title! You're on a roll girl, everything you been making lately has me salvatating!!
I'm still dreaming about the chicken with the puff pastry!

wütende Bäckerfrau said...

wow! im impressed. your blog is very cool.
and thanks for the stop by mine :)

Anonymous said...

This looks really good AND I just bought wild salmon an hour ago. I was going to make it a different way, but this looks like the perfect alternative. I'll couple it with Lori Lynn's panko-sage-green beans (she used a fancy french name, but it slips my mind).

Hope things are good with you & your family.

xoxox Amy

RecipeGirl said...

Oh, Lordy! Does this look delicious! I am such a huge fan of salmon... prepared in many ways. Bookmarked for sure :)

Laurie said...

Lori Lynn.. for my birthday my mom gave me a gift card to the Home Goods store.. do you have one in your area? I found a box of gold chargers, quantity "6". They are really lovely and heavy duty!

Marie you are so sweet.. thank you for your kind and encouraging words.. I still have a picture of the sausage, polenta and beans on my desktop and my son asked, "Now your taking pictures of other peoples foods"! I told him there are some dishes I just don't want to forget!

Thank you too for the stop by Frau.. Can't wait till you open your bake shop!

Hi Amy.. it's so good to see you!! Let me know how your salmon turns out! :) Hope you are doing well.. I'm sure all your kids' school activities are keeping you very busy! Hugs to you! We need to get all us California girls together some day!

Thank you Lori! Salmon is so versatile and delicious, I too am always trying to find different preps for it!
Have a wonderful weekend!

The Blonde Duck said...

I don't know how I missed this one, but it looks fabulous!

I think today could be a great afternoon for Step 2!

Vera said...

It must taste fantastic! It looks so delicious!

Lore said...

You had me at the title Laurie. My mouth is watering, I mean literally!!!

celine said...

I just bought some salmon at Costco this morning.So your recipe is just perfectly on time!
Lovely picture, looks soe yummy and healthy too!