Asti Spumante-Poached Salmon with Braised Fennel

Asti Spumante Poached Salmon

Asti Spumante Poached Salmon

Seasons Greetings from my kitchen to yours!  I want to share with you an easy-to-prepare, celebratory dish to help ring in the holidays and another New Year.  It’s an Asti Spumante Poached Salmon. Sound tasty?  You bet it is.  Plus the non-meat eaters in your life will be happy, too.  Sauces made from sparkling wine that are paired with fish are, often, cream- and/or butter-based.  For this recipe, I omit cream and use a little butter.  I do like the addition of cream in certain fish sauces; I purposely left out cream in this dish to keep it as an option for those looking for something lighter to add to their holiday table.  But by all means, if you are not too concerned about a lighter version, then add the cream, cook on and enjoy.

The holidays offer many great opportunities to cook with sparkling wine. So, why not add a little merriment and cheer to your holiday meals?  Many people simply get happy and find it intriguing when they learn that their meal was cooked with a little bit of “bubbly”.  It helps ring in the fun and holiday spirit of it all.  And, that’s what a dish like this is all about.

I’m a little partial to Asti Spumante because I studied at the Italian Culinary Institute located in the town of Costigliole d’Asti, the region where Asti Spumante is made. 

Comune Di Costigliole D'Asti

Comune Di Costigliole D’Asti

This poached salmon dish is one of my go-to recipes for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve parties.  It is usually a big hit, and it’s also a real time-saver, too.  Once you have all the ingredients in your baking dish, you simply cover and place it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.  Yep, that’s it!  A no-stress Asti Spumante salmon dish that’s not only delicious, but also perfect for this magical mistletoe time of year.  Enjoy!