The rich flavor found in these Salmon and Fennel Tartlets make them an excellent contender for your teatime favorite.
- 1 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (2 sheets)
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 cups (¼-inch) sliced fennel
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons English mustard*, divided
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh fennel fronds
- 1 (4-ounce) package smoked salmon†
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Garnish: fresh fennel fronds
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- Unroll pie dough on a lightly floured surface. Using a 2½-inch square cutter, cut 24 squares from pie dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Press each dough square into a well of a 12-well square mini cheesecake pan, trimming excess edges to form a neat square. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Prick dough with a fork to prevent puffing during baking.
- Bake until edges are golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove tartlets from pan. Let cool on a wire rack.
- In a medium nonstick sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add fennel, and cook over high heat, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often. Add water. Cover pan, and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fennel is soft, tender, and lightly golden, approximately 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Finely chop fennel into very small pieces. Set aside.
- In a small nonstick sauté pan, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add flour, whisking constantly until well blended, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add milk, and cook until a smooth and creamy sauce forms, whisking constantly. Add salt, 1 teaspoon mustard, cooked fennel, and minced fennel fronds, stirring until incorporated. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Cut salmon into 24 (2-x-½-inch) strips. Form salmon strips into rose shapes by rolling up and flaring out edges slightly. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 teaspoon mustard and honey, whisking until smooth and creamy.
- Evenly divide warm fennel mixture among tartlet shells. Place a salmon rose on each tartlet, and brush with honey-mustard glaze.
- Garnish with a fennel frond, if desired.
- Serve immediately.
†We used Echo Fall’s Smoked Scottish Salmon.
MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Tartlet shells may be made a day in advance and stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Fennel mixture may also be made in advance. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a day. Reheat mixture over low heat before using, whisking until creamy and adding more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary. Make salmon roses early in the day, cover with damp paper towels, and refrigerate until needed.
From, May/June 2013
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