This dish sounds intimidating but it's really quite simple. Salmon topped with a pesto wild brown rice mixture is baked inside delicious buttery puffy pastry until golden brown. This dish is sure to impress a dinner party!
95g wild rice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 onion, diced
1/4 red capsicum, diced
60g marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely diced
1/2 unwaxed lemon, zested
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 sheets puff pastry
675g skinless boneless salmon fillet
1 egg yolk
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Rinse the rice in a saucepan under the cold tap. Drain then add the 250ml water, 1/2 tablespoon of the oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to the boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the rice is fluffy and tender.
Warm the remaining oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook while stirring for 10 minutes until soft. Add the red capsicum and cook for a further 2 minutes. Stir in the pesto, artichokes, lemon zest and black pepper then cook for a further minute. Stir in the rice, remove from the heat and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Lightly grease a baking tray.
Sprinkle some flour on to a flat surface and if necessary, roll out both sheets of puff pastry to be about 3cm wider than the width of the salmon fillet. Transfer one sheet of puff pastry to a baking tray and top with the salmon fillet. Pile the pesto rice on top of the salmon. Take the other puff pastry sheet and lay on top of the rice. Press down to seal the two sheets of puff pastry together using a fork to make an indentation. Brush the top with egg yolk.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the puff pastry is risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve hot.