Friday, June 6, 2014

FFWD ~ Salmon Rillettes and a make up Piperade Stir Fry

French Fridays with Dorie ~ Salmon Rillettes

Here we are, it’s French Friday again! Our recipe this week is for the third and last rillette, from Around My French Table. Inadvertently saving the best for last! Honestly, I never made the sardine version. I just don’t do sardines!  Although, we really enjoyed the tuna version, this was the best in my book! Rilettes are usually a meat spread that is similar to pâté. They are usually made of pork or goose meat. Lucky for us, Dorie has shared two delectable fish versions!  I can’t recommend the sardine version, even though it got many wonderful reviews from other members.

I had a busy week with family, and was grateful for a fairly easy recipe. I threw it together in no time. First taking fresh salmon chunks and poaching them in a mixture of white wine, water, bay leaf, lemon peel, a sliver of chili pepper, coriander seed, white peppercorns and green onions.  The poached salmon is then mashed slightly with a fork and mixed with diced smoked salmon, lemon zest, onion, and some softened butter. It is finished off with lemon juice, and instead of the chili pepper that is called for, I used Piment d’ Espelette…the only heat I added (they had no red chili peppers in my store).
When finished, it is packed in a serving dish or crock, and left to chill for several hours,  giving it a chance for the flavors to meld. 
I served this scrumptious Rillette with rustic bread slices and crackers! For us, it was a winner! I plan to make it again, for our 4th of July get together! Fish is always a winner with my Dutch husband, and this dish was no exception! He did think I added too much lemon juice although he kept eating it and seemed to enjoy every bite! An elegant starter for an ordinary evening!

Loved this!
Truly enjoyable!
And since I was MIA last friday I choose to add photos of the Piperade Stir Fry.  We like peppers in our house, so this was a wonderful accompaniment to our lamb burgers last night! Quick, easy and delicious! We’re on a roll, Doristas! 

Delicious Piperade Stir Fry

My last week was spent in Cooperstown, N.Y., watching my grandson play baseball at Dreams Park. His coach…my son! The team played hard and gave their all. So proud of you Hurricanes! It was an exceptional experience!  Happy Friday everyone!!

 Way to go Hurricanes!
A great week was had by all!
Dories recipe for Salmon Rillettes can be found here on ABC were there is also a very nice video of Dorie showing you how to make it. There is not a published recipe for the Piperade Stir Fry, however it is pretty straightforward. Red, yellow, orange and green peppers stir fried in a few tablespoons of olive oil, a little bit of red wine vinegar added close to the end of cooking…add sliced onion and garlic. That’s pretty much it! Both recipes can be found in Around My French Table. To see what the other Doristas did this week, check it out here!


  1. Love the family photos! I thought this recipe was just beautiful, so much nice color. I'm glad to hear that you and Bill enjoyed it so much. The peppers were great too. Looking forward to making those again. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. favourite fish! The sweet pepper stir-fry looks equally delicious, Kathy.
    Have a relaxing and beautiful weekend!

  3. What a delicious recipe, Kathy...I will try it, big hug

  4. Thanks for the link to the video, fun to see a live demonstration of the recipe. And how fun to get to watch your son and grandson at Cooperstown. I can only imagine what a dream experience that must have been for the two of them.

  5. A really delicious recipe Kathy1 I love salmon! yum!

  6. Such a fantastic week for you, I remember visiting Cooperstown with Tricia and Bob many years ago and
    we had such fun. Your dishes looks great, I have been making most of the recipes, but we have not been posting yet, not knowing what to expect down the road. They have been so easy and so tasty. Have a great

  7. Glad you enjoyed this. I liked the sardine one the best! The piperade stir fry was delish. Congrats to the Hurricanes.

  8. This was also my favorite of the three rillettes, Kathy. It was the fishiest tasting, strong flavoring, but I liked the mixture. Plus, I thought it was quite special and will certainly serve it at dinner parties and gatherings. I also felt guilty making it into a sandwich for my hiking lunch last week - a little lah-de-dah for eating while sitting on a log, I must admit. I have enjoyed all your pictures from Cooperstown. My Dad and brother were both major leaguers so we've always been a baseball family. My brother also coached his sons in Little League and we all loved watching it. Wonderful memories, huh?

  9. Kathy, what fantastic pictures of your son, granson and the whole team!
    Your Salmon Rillettes looks absolutely amazing - wasn´t this a wonderful recipe - I am certainly glad that we are not the only ones raving about this. I agree that this was a delightfully easy recipe and just wonderful on those thin slices of fresh baguette. As far as the Pipéarde is concerned - well, I do not do peppers, so I did not make that dish but I must say that your peppers in the bowl look fabulous and so colorful!
    Have a great weekend!

  10. Hi Kathy, I've been MIA for nearly 3wks and not been even commenting at all during that time. I missed out so much of visiting and commenting; so glad to check out your beautiful posts that I missed!
    Love your Salmon Rilletts...sure would like to sample a few on those crunchy bread slices. Also, it's so nice of you to share family fun photos; aren't we all so proud of our children's and grandchildren's acccomplishments? Thanks for sharing dear friend...have a wonderful weekend! Hugs,

  11. My husband is from Miami as long as he gets fish and fruit he's happy. I think he may have enjoyed this one a little more than me. Seasoning was the issue, not the salmon. I have to get my kids up to Cooperstown. We went when they were little to see a Winslow Homer exhibit.. there are great museums there. I loved the Native American one... but we need to do the hall of fame.

  12. Love the summertime colors of both your dishes!

  13. Aw, you have such FUN being a grandmother!!! And these were both hits in my book :)

  14. Kathy - the rillettes and the piperade both look amazing. And I imagine that any respectable Frenchwoman (or man) would use the piment d'Esplette instead of standard chile flakes or powder! Oh, and I love going to Cooperstown - the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Glimmerglass Opera are two of my favorite things on earth - both in Cooperstown! ~ David

  15. Hi Kathy!

    I know I should really be excited about that Salmon Rillette (I'm sure it's scrumptious:) however, I can't helping smiling at the thought of your son AND grandson going to Cooperstown! Go Hurricanes!!! I went to all of my grandson's games while visiting my daughter and oh gosh, was it wonderful! You must be so proud and excited for your "team."

    Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy...

  16. The food looks good, but how exciting for your grandson to play in Cooperstown.

    We sometimes go to Cooperstown when we have a lazy weekend day with nothing scheduled (its only an hour or so from us) - aside from the baseball hall of fame, there are a couple of other nice museums and you can't beat lunch out on the patio at the Otesaga :-)

    1. Cher, It was a wonderful few days! You are absolutely right about lunch at the Otesaga! What a gorgeous place!! We actually ate there 3 times…it reminded me of the movie “Somewhere In Time”! I love old historic places like that. The grounds are amazing…I could have spent my whole day sitting on one of those benches, looking out onto the lake!

  17. Congrats to your son and grandson! It must have been so cool to coach and play there. I have very fond memories of going there as a kid.

  18. What a great catch up and how fun to see the Dream Parks. You are so lucky to be able to see your family and all their important moments in life and they are lucky your are able to do so!

  19. That looked like a nice family adventure! So nice that you were able to go with them.

    I've loved how we've had a run of quick, delicious recipes in the past few weeks. I think we're due for a more elaborate one, soon! I really enjoyed the salmon rillettes and the peppers - both will be showing up in my kitchen quite often, I think.