Cook the Book: Cedar-Plank Salmon and Zucchini Oven Chips
By Erin Clinton, Contributing Editor
Join us each day as our team of editors and contributors cook through the MyRecipes America's Favorite Food cookbook, out September 11, 2012.
Before I start talking about how easy and awesome both of these recipes are, I have to tell you how excited I am to even be writing this post! I work with lots of food bloggers every day. I read their posts, send them pitches, and email back and forth about things like canning tomatoes. I am a publicist by trade, but I fancy myself a home cook/baker on the side. I find it very gratifying when it all comes together to make a nice meal, or a birthday cake for a family member, or a beautiful loaf of bread. So I jumped at the chance to marry my professional skills with my personal interest when this job came along. As I read these food blogs and have quinoa salad envy, I always say to myself that I need to start a food blog. Maybe this is the first step. But enough about me. Let’s get to the main event.
Cedar-Plank SalmonMy husband and I intended to leisurely make this meal on a Saturday evening (we hadn’t read the recipes fully, so didn’t realize how easy it would have been to throw together). That plan fell apart quickly so then it got pushed to Sunday. That didn’t work out either, so Monday night was the winner. If you’re like me, you spend a nice chunk of your time commuting to and from work. It’s great because I get a ton of reading done, but it really doesn’t leave me all that much time for lengthy meal prep. Enter America’s Favorite Food. Not only is this cookbook filled with delicious recipes that are fan favorites on MyRecipes.com, but it’s also got quick and easy recipes.
Zucchini Oven ChipsWhat I LOVED most about both of these recipes, Cedar-Plank Salmon and Zucchini Oven Chips, is that there was minimal prep. As you will see from the lovely amateur photos I took with my iPhone, it took me and my husband about 15 minutes of tag-team work in the kitchen to get it prepared and cooking.
Ingredients to add flavor to the salmon!
A quick rub before hitting the grill.
The salmon cooking on the grill.You may notice from the photo of the salmon on the grill that our plank looks a little toasty. That’s because the last time we did fish on a plank on the grill, my husband didn’t soak the plank long enough (or maybe at all!), so luckily we were able to scan the picture in the cookbook and watch a video about how to do it properly. Being able to scan the recipe photo to watch a video filled with tips about cooking on a plank was very helpful and pretty cool! Gotta love technology! Check out the magic behind Scan-It/Cook-It technology.
Then we made the zucchini chips. Check it out!
Prepping the zucchini
Zucchini gets a quick dredge.
Zucchini lined up on the baking sheet.
The plated meal! I confess I am not a huge fan of salmon, but I know it’s really good for you, so I force it on myself. This recipe was nice because the rub had A LOT of flavor so it masked the sometimes fishy taste of salmon well. So well, in fact, that I cleaned my plate! The zucchini chips were really tasty and a milder accompaniment to the heat of the cayenne pepper on the salmon. I mean you can’t really go wrong with panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. YUM!