I made three dutch oven seafood recipes from a cookbook I received for Christmas. It was…fantastic. | Meals, Recipes & Entertaining

I had it for a few months whereas I made numerous soups (and a stew) for my December column, and knew I wanted to get my very own nearly instantly. I requested my mother and father for one for Christmas, and I’m now the proud proprietor of a shiny pink dutch oven that I take advantage of to prepare dinner nearly every little thing, it appears.

Does asking for cookware as a present imply you’re getting previous? Actually, I don’t care.

With the dutch oven I used to be additionally gifted a cookbook: “Lodge Solid Iron Dutch Oven Cookbook for Novices.” I don’t have any cookbooks, because the final two I used to be given I gave to my sisters as a result of I wasn’t utilizing them a lot. In fact, that was earlier than I actually found I loved cooking, so issues are fairly totally different now.

Contained in the e-book there are dozens of recipes, damaged down into a number of classes together with seafood. There have been a number of soup recipes as properly, and a few breakfast ones I wished to strive, however figured I’d save these for one more time. Over the previous couple of weeks I cooked a shrimp boil, garlic and parsley roasted potatoes and two salmon recipes.

The outcomes had been… fantastic. I consider the 4 recipes I made, just one or two are issues I’ll be making once more.

This shrimp boil wants some main assist

Roberts Shrimp Boil

That is a kind of recipes I doubt I’ll be making once more. If you happen to’ve received a greater recipe, I’m all ears.

This picture is truthfully type of embarrassing. I attempted very laborious to salvage it with a heavy dose of Slap Ya Mama seasoning, extra Outdated Bay and another seafood seasonings however the taste actually by no means infused with the meals. It was very bland.

Fortuitously, whereas my potatoes and corn took a bit longer to prepare dinner than the recipe mentioned, the meals was cooked fantastic. It simply didn’t have any taste. And in case you have learn any of my earlier meals columns, you realize that’s merely unacceptable to me. If I make this recipe once more, I’d positively must season it myself reasonably than comply with the e-book.

After I lived in Alabama my household had out of doors crawfish and seafood boils on a regular basis. It was nice, and so after I noticed this recipe I needed to strive it. I used to be skeptical one thing like that might be replicated in a pot on a range, and sadly I believe that skepticism was warranted. If I ever try one other stovetop seafood boil, I’ll have to search out one other recipe as a result of this didn’t lower it for me.

If you happen to’ve received a greater recipe, I’m all ears.

Teriyaki salmon? Extra like tear out the recipe web page.

Roberts Teriyaki Salmon

I’ve to say I preferred the presentation on this one, although it’s a bit messy.

In equity I’ve to say this recipe wasn’t dangerous, the salmon simply didn’t maintain taste from the teriyaki sauce marinade. I adopted the recipe precisely, however I believe sooner or later the salmon simply must soak within the teriyaki sauce longer to essentially take up that taste.

I additionally had bother cooking the salmon, which took about 10 minutes longer than the recipe mentioned. That is completely attributable to consumer error although, and I believe I ended up cooking it properly, albeit barely overcooked I believe. Regardless, it was flaky and splendidly tender. Sadly, none of that teriyaki taste got here although.

This was simply rectified by including a little bit of seasoning and one other drizzle of the sauce, however the recipe itself didn’t convey a lot taste.

The asparagus, which was additionally a part of the recipe, was a unique story. Because the recipe referred to as for the salmon to be cooked overtop of the asparagus within the oven, it appeared loads of that teriyaki taste ended up within the asparagus. It was extremely good. I had by no means cooked asparagus earlier than this, however I’ve eaten it numerous instances, and this teriyaki asparagus was an enormous win to me. It’s positively one thing I’ll must make sooner or later.

I could have discovered a winner.

Roberts Spice-Rubbed Salmon

This was, surprisingly, possibly the most effective salmon I’ve ever had.

I’ve written rather a lot on this column about how I are likely to closely season my meals. This, nonetheless, shouldn’t be a kind of instances.

Admittedly I used to be skeptical about this recipe because it solely calls for 3 seasonings — salt, cumin and chili powder — however I used to be blown away by how good this was. I did must make my very own chili powder for this recipe (equal elements paprika, cumin and cayenne) as a result of I didn’t notice I used to be out at residence, however I don’t suppose it affected the ultimate product.

I used to be fairly nervous about cooking this on the range to begin, as I’ve had some dangerous luck (primarily a scarcity of ability) when I’ve beforehand tried to prepare dinner salmon on the range, however this turned out nice. It was so flavorful, crispy on high and is certainly one thing I shall be making many times. The one factor I added to this recipe was some garlic, however that’s it.

What ought to I write about subsequent?

These mashed potatoes I served the fish over had been from one other recipe on this e-book too, one which I didn’t do very properly. It was alleged to be sautéed potatoes with garlic and parsley however for the lifetime of me I couldn’t get the potatoes get crisp up in my forged iron skillet. I finally gave up as a result of they received too tender, so I made a decision to pivot and switch it into mashed potatoes as a substitute, and it turned out fairly good.

The fish is the star of this dish although, make no mistake. It’s so good, and I might advocate this recipe to anybody.



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