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Directions for: Poached Salmon with Beurre Blanc

Ingredients

1 cup dry white wine

1 onion, sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

2 sprigs parsley

2 bay leaf

½ lemon, sliced

1 ½ tsp dried tarragon

1 tsp black peppercorns

½ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp salt

6 6 oz salmon, fillets

3/10 cup white vinegar

1 pinch white pepper

1 pinch black pepper

½ cup cold butter, cut into little cubes

1 Tbsp whipping cream

1 Tbsp fresh chives

1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

1. In shallow Dutch oven or skillet large enough to hold fish in single layer, combine 6 cups (1.5 L) water, wine, onion, celery, parsley, bay leaves, lemon slices, tarragon, peppercorns, thyme and salt.

2. Bring to boil. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.

3. Add salmon to liquid.

4. Cover and cook at bare simmer for 7 to 9 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested.

5. With slotted spatula, remove fish and keep warm. Strain, reserving liquid.

6. In saucepan, combine 1 cup (250 mL) of the reserved liquid, vinegar, shallots and pepper.

7. Boil over high heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup (50 mL). Reduce heat to low; whisk in butter, 1 cube at a time, to thicken sauce.

8. Whisk in cream. Serve over salmon. Garnish with chives.

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