Whiskey glaze gives punch to salmon

Try this whiskey glaze on salmon. It adds a little kick to the dish. There are two spellings of whiskey or whisky. Whiskey spelled with an “e” is the common spelling in Ireland. It’s generally aged in white oak, giving it a slight smoky flavor.

To save prep time, look for fresh green beans trimmed and ready to cook in the produce department. They’re slightly more expensive, but you may find it worth the price to save time.

Helpful hints:

Any type of whiskey can be used.

Minced garlic can be found in the produce section of the market.

The sauce should be kept at a simmer. If the sauce becomes too dry, add a little water or if it is not thick, continue to cook it for a few minutes after the salmon has been removed.

If you do not have whiskey on hand, it can be bought in a liquor store in small bottles called splits.

Countdown:

Prepare ingredients.

Make potatoes and beans.

Make salmon.

Fred Tasker’s wine suggestion: A fruity pinot noir would be great with this.

Shopping list:

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 1 small bottle Irish whiskey, 1 small can tomato paste, 1 small jar honey, 3/4 pound salmon fillet, 1/2 pound red potatoes and 1/2 pound green beans.

Staples: Fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth; olive oil, minced garlic, dried rosemary, salt and black peppercorns.

Irish Whiskey Glazed Salmon

1/4 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth

1/4 cup Irish whiskey

3 Tbsp. tomato paste

2 Tbsp. honey

3/4 lb. wild-caught salmon fillet

Place broth, whiskey, tomato paste and honey in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. Blend mixture together. When it comes to a simmer, add the salmon. Keeping the sauce at a low simmer. Cook the salmon 3 minutes turn and cook 3 minutes. The sauce will cook to a glaze. Divide salmon between 2 dinner plates and spoon glaze on top. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 396 calories (25 percent from fat), 10.9 g fat (1.7 g saturated, 3.6 g monounsaturated), 96 mg cholesterol, 35.4 g protein, 22.0 g carbohydrates, 1.1 g fiber, 105 mg sodium.

Rosemary Garlic Potatoes and Beans

1/2 lb. red potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tsp. minced garlic

3 tsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. dried rosemary

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place potatoes, green beans and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high 5 minutes. Remove and add the olive oil, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine ingredients. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 181 calories (36 percent from fat), 7.3 g fat (1.1 g saturated, 5.0 monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 4.5 g protein, 27.5 g carbohydrates, 5.4 g fiber, 29 mg sodium.

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