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Sunday, August 24, 2008
Salt & Pepper
So, I wanted to see if I could cook an entire meal using only salt and pepper. Please don't try this with any type of salt and some pepper from a jar. You'll need kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Since it was the weekend and I was cooking for the week. I made chicken and and salmon. Brine the chicken. To stick with my theme, I just used kosher salt. No cheating.
Move on to the salmon. Pat dry and season with salt and pepper. I'm serious. This is a theme.
Get thee to a hot skillet. High heat to caramelize both sides. Remove from pan and cover with foil. Let the carryover cooking do its thing.
Isn't that lovely?
Back to the chicken for a second. Isn't that gorgeous? High heat to caramelize both sides. Remove from pan and cover with foil. Let the carryover cooking do its thing. Sound familiar?
Yes it was very juicy. I forgot to mention that because you brined it, you don't need to add any more salt. Just use the pepper.
Now for the sides, I kept it simple: roasted broccoli (without the lemon) and sliced tomatoes. Hey, I got to use my favorite tomato knife.
Simple is good. My salt and pepper meal was wonderful.