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    Salmon in a Puff Pastry Crust

    This dish can be made ahead, then placed in the oven as the guests arrive. The salmon looks impressive but is actually very simple to prepare.

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 50 minutes 50 minutes

    Serves: 8


    • 75g butter, at room temperature
    • 20g pack fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
    • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 x 500g packs puff pastry
    • 70g pack Waitrose Farm Assured Prosciutto Crudo Affumicato
    • 800g piece Waitrose Salmon Prime Fillet
    • 1 red onion, finely sliced
    • 1 medium egg, beaten


    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. In a small bowl, beat together the butter with the parsley, lemon zest and juice. Season and set aside.
    2. Roll out 1 pack of the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle measuring 38cm x 20cm (roughly 5cm longer than the length of the salmon and 5cm wider). Transfer to a large greased baking sheet.
    3. Arrange the slices of prosciutto over the pastry base, allowing it to hang over the edge, as this will later be folded over the top of the salmon.
    4. Place the salmon on top of the prosciutto and spread the herb butter over the top of the fillet. Sprinkle with the red onion slices then fold the overhanging slices of prosciutto over the fish. Brush the edges of the pastry with some of the beaten egg.
    5. Roll out the remaining pack of pastry slightly larger than the first rectangle of pastry and place over the top of the salmon. Press the pastry down gently to seal, then trim the edges with a sharp knife. Either pinch all the way around the join edges, using your thumb and forefinger to seal, or press down with a fork to make a neat pattern. Use some of the trimmings to make decorations on top of the pastry and discard the rest.
    6. Brush the pastry all over with the remaining beaten egg and bake for 30 minutes until golden and crisp and the salmon is just cooked. Slice and serve at the table.

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    Cook's tips

    Prepare this dish up to 6 hours ahead. Cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge until ready to bake.

    As an alternative to the prosciutto affumicato, use slices of pancetta or even thin rashers of smoked bacon.


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