I’m back to my every-other-week schedule this week! I have two French Fridays with Dorie recipes to share with you: Salmon with Basil Tapenade and Blueberry-Mascarpone Roulade (although mine is not a roulade).
First we’ll talk about the Salmon with Basil Tapenade. This was a very simple, but tasty, dish. First off, a mixture is made with black olive tapenade (I purchased mine at Trader Joe’s), minced basil, lemon zest and juice, and freshly ground pepper. This mixture is stuffed into slits in the salmon, which is roasted. Finally, a sauce is made from a bit of the tapenade mixture, olive oil, more basil, and more lemon zest and juice. The sauce is spooned over the salmon on the plate.
This was delicious! The flavors all went so nicely together and the whole family enjoyed it. I served the salmon with one of my favorite green bean dishes ever: Warm Green Bean Salad with Pine Nuts and Basil. A great meal!
Next is a wonderful dessert called Blueberry-Mascarpone Roulade. Except instead of doing a roulade, I took inspiration from the two Bonne Idées included with this recipe. Apparently, the batter for this cake is the same as the batter for ladyfingers, so I decided to try my hand at making ladyfingers. Fun!
To asseble the dessert, I made what I called “Blueberry Tiramisu Parfaits”. I layered ladyfingers and the blueberry-mascarpone filling in glass dishes for a very pretty dessert. I brushed a little creme de cassis on the ladyfingers, but I had too light a hand and couldn’t taste it. I wish I had used more.
I loved this dessert! I could have eaten spoonfuls of the vanilla-flavored mascarpone cream filling – it was fabulous! The blueberries were a delicious counterpoint to the sweet cream, and the ladyfingers rounded out the flavors and textures perfectly.
All in all, a delicious two weeks of French Fridays with Dorie eating!