SOTM January: Cranberry Pesto Salmon

January. A time of resolution and refreshment. A time for new ideas and the execution of old ideas. The fish sandwich can be considered a classic, one that never goes out of style. Here at Bread & Butter, we sought to jazz it up a little bit. There are few fish as well-known and versatile as salmon. So when the idea of a salmon sandwich came up, we knew we had to put the perfect spin on it. We tend not to follow recipes explicitly here at B&B, preferring a method of culinary free-styling and experimentation. This sandwich came about during our first Sandwich Night a couple weeks ago, and we loved it so much we re-created it and made it January's Sandwich of the Month. So without further ado, the Cranberry Pesto Salmon Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Skinless Salmon Filet(s)
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • 2 Stalks of Kale
  • 1 Tbs Cilantro
  • 1 Lime
  • Basil Pesto Spread
  • 1/2 Tomato (sliced)
  • Sliced Chipotle Jack Cheese
  • Apple Cranberry Martinelli's

Begin with your salmon cut and spices. We prefer smoked skinless filets. For seasonings, try some black pepper, seasoned salt, paprika, coriander, and some sweet & spicy seasoning. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium to high heat. When oil begins smoking, add salmon. Cook until salmon begins to darken in color and flake with a fork, or about 2-3 minutes on each side. Squeeze fresh lime juice on for extra flavor.

When salmon has finished, toast your bread & cheese for about 3 minutes in a toaster oven (conventional ovens work too!) While bread is toasting mix 1 tsp EVOO with cilantro, lime juice, and 1 tsp Martinelli's for drizzle. Remove bread from oven, spread Basil Pesto onto non-cheesed side, and add kale and tomatoes. Add salmon and top with cilantro lime drizzle. Serve with homemade potato chips and voila! 

(*Note* If you want to switch it up a little, use an Everything Bagel in place of the bread!) 

This simple sandwich takes about 20 minutes of prep time and can be made for under $20. Pair with your favorite juices, or fine white wines if that's how you like to get down. In addition, we simply wouldn't be Delicious People if we didn't pair this amazing sandwich with an equally amazing mix for your listening pleasure. Play this mix while you chef it up and get all the senses popping. Enjoy!