Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day in the year. Some couples head out to dinner, and others prefer a nice quiet evening at home making dinner together. My elegant Smoked Salmon with Penne is an easy recipe that is sure to help keep the spark and romance in your relationship!
It’s wild how easy this recipe comes together. Smoked salmon, cooked penne, lemon zest and creme fraiche combine to create a lovely dish. Serve with a nice pink-hued champagne or sparkling wine such as Veuve Cliquot’s Vintage Rose 2004 Champagne. Offer a lightly tossed green salad to go along with the pasta. Finish with sweets such as chocolate-covered strawberries or chocolate cheesecake for dessert.
I use Whole Foods Market‘s smoked salmon. It’s a great product and the quality is always reliable. You can smoke your own salmon or use your favorite brand. I like to subsitute orange juice and zest for the lemon juice and zest for a different flavor. Tarragon and orange flavors go well together.
From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….
Elegant Smoked Salmon with Penne
8 oz. penne pasta
1 T olive oil
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1/8 c red onion, finely minced
1/2 c creme fraiche
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of half a lemon
4 oz. smoked salmon, chopped
Himalayan Pink Salt, to taste
Chopped fresh tarragon or chives
1. Cook penne pasta until al dente.
2. In another pan, heat olive oil.
3. Saute shallot and red onion in olive oil until just translucent, do not brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. Combine creme fraiche, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl.
5. Chop smoked salmon.
6. Drain pasta.
7. Add pasta to pan with shallot/onion mixture.
8. Stir in creme fraiche mixture and smoked salmon and toss to coat.
9. Season with salt.
10. Divide among two plates. Sprinkle tarragon (or chives) over the pasta.
11. Serve and enjoy!
Serves 2. Offer a light side salad of mixed greens with my Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette and a glass of chilled champagne or dry white wine.
Variations: For a heartier pasta, use whole wheat penne pasta. Substitute bow tie pasta for the penne. Substitute orange juice and zest for the lemon. Use a combo of sour cream or Greek yogurt and a bit more citrus juice if you can’t find creme fraiche. It’s possible to lighten this recipe by substituting a mixture of fat-free milk or lemon juice and fat-free sour cream for the creme fraiche. Try fresh dill instead of tarragon or chives as the herb.
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