What's For Dinner? Seared Salmon with Sweet Corn and Bacon Relish & Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

By Heather Roberts | hroberts@wcia.com

Published 05/27 2014 03:27PM

Updated 05/27 2014 05:45PM

Seared Salmon with Sweet Corn and Bacon Relish

2 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
3 green onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or cider vinegar
1 (10-ounce) package frozen corn kernels
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 (6-ounce) center-cut salmon fillets, skinned
1 tsp fresh minced thyme


1.Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat 4 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Add shallot and white parts of onions; sauté 2 minutes. Add wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in vinegar, corn, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in green parts of onions.
2.2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle fillets with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add fillets to pan; cook 4 minutes. Turn and cook 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Divide corn mixture among 4 plates; top with fillets. Sprinkle thyme evenly over fillets.

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
2 c blackberries
2 c water
juice from 3 lemons
Brown sugar simple syrup: dissolve 1/2 c sugar in 1/2 c water
6 oz bourbon
optional lemon wedges and mint for garnish

In the bottom of a pitcher (or pot, if you don’t have a good pitcher for this), dump the blackberries. With a muddler (or a pestle, a ladle, or even a potato masher…I mean, who has a muddler?) lightly mush up the blackberries. You want to get them juicy without totally destroying their shape.
Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir. Pour over ice.

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