Sunday, August 31, 2014

Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Basil Habanero Sauce

Frequently at work I will email Blake and ask him what he thinks of some food idea brewing in my head. Believe me I think about food a lot. Daily Blake gets the update on these thoughts. Important decisions must be made. 

For example, today's decision consisted of should we do our favorite cheese and wine picnic for Labor Day dinner or smoke ribs on the grill? And if we smoke ribs on the grill what will we eat to celebrate the Broncos first football game because sticky ribs are also a viable option for that. And would it be totally out of line to go out for breakfast tomorrow, order a pancake flight, and then stuff my face with cheese and bread for dinner? 

And so we fall down the rabbit hole that is my mind on food. Last week the email sent to Blake was entitled salom because I apparently refuse to edit myself, even on something as apparent as an email subject line. The question was crazy or delicious? The item on the table was salmon glazed with a blueberry basil habanero sauce. The answer? Delicious. Definitely delicious and light and summery. Habaneros are hot and I would recommend that those who prefer things a little more mild substitute a jalapeno in its place. We served ours with an equally summery side salad of corn, red onion, zucchini, and avocado dressed simply with a little olive oil, lime, salt, and pepper. This dish is pretty and tasty. When asking crazy or delicious, I say go for it! A little adventure never hurt anybody.

Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Basil Habanero Sauce 
Serves 2

1 tsp olive oil
1 habanero or jalapeno, minced( wash hands thoroughly after handling the pepper)
6 ounce container of blueberries 
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons fresh basil, diced 
1 pound salmon
Salt and pepper to taste

In a small sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add habanero and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring frequently. Add blueberries and honey. Cook until blueberries begin to burst open and get a little saucy, about 5 minutes. Add the basil and cook an additional minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

Well oil grill grate and heat grill to about 350 degrees or medium heat. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Start cooking salmon on the fleshy side for 6-7 minutes. Flip and brush half the glaze over the top of the salmon. Cook for an additional 6-7 minutes. Serve with leftover sauce. 

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