This impressive en croute from Marcello Tully has the perfect mix of succulent salmon, a rich cheese and spinach sauce, and a golden pastry exterior. Perfect for sharing, this would make a great alternative to traditional roast dinner.
When Brazilian-born chef Marcello Tully started his career at 14, he may not have anticipated working on the starkly beautiful island of Skye - but then he probably didn’t expect to be crafting some of the most exquisitely refined Scottish-influenced food on the planet, either.
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Start by making a thick cheese sauce. Add the butter, flour and milk to a heavy-based saucepan and whisk together over a medium heat, then continue whisking as the sauce heats through, making sure to scrape down the sides
50g of butter
100g of plain flour
600ml of milk
Allow to boil for 2–3 minutes to cook off the flour, whisking all the time. Mix in the grated cheese until smooth, then set aside
150g of cheddar, grated
In another pan, heat a little olive oil until it begins to smoke, then add the spinach and stir until wilted. Drain immediately to remove any excess liquid, then stir the cooked spinach into the cheese sauce, along with the pine nuts and garlic
200g of baby spinach leaves, roughly 2 bags
60g of pine nuts
1 garlic clove, crushed or grated
Stir to combine, then allow to cool (this mixture will keep in the fridge until ready to assemble and bake)
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
To assemble the dish, unroll the first pastry sheet onto a large non-stick baking tray, and place the salmon fillet in the centre. Season well with salt and pepper
700g of salmon fillet, skinless and boneless
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 sheets of puff pastry
Spread a thick layer of the cheese and spinach sauce on top of the salmon, then top with the second sheet of pastry. Tuck the top sheet around the salmon, then brush the edges with a little egg yolk, squeezing the two sheets together to seal
2 egg yolks, beaten, to glaze
Carefully trim off any excess pastry around the edge; these trimmings could be used to decorate the top of the pastry, if liked (cut out your desired shapes and stick on to the top pastry with a little of the beaten egg)
Brush the whole pastry with the egg, and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, until golden all over. Serve immediately
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