Poached Salmon With Mousseline Sauce
|Chopped celery||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Chopped carrots||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Onion||1 , sliced|
|White wine vinegar||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Salmon||8 Pound, cleaned (1 Whole)|
|Dill sprigs||4 (Fresh, For Garnish)|
|Lemon wedges||4 (For Garnish)|
Place all ingredients except salmon and garnish in a fish poacher or large pan.
Boil gently 25 to 30 minutes.
Take pan off the heat and cool bouillon to room temperature.
Wipe fish with a damp cloth.
Lay fish on its side and measure the height of the fish at its thickest or highest point (for timing purposes).
Place fish on poaching rack and lower into the pan.
Add more cold water if necessary to ensure that fish is covered.
Set pan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to low, cover pan, and poach the fish 10 minutes for each inch of thickness (measured as above).
For example, a fish 3 1/2 inches high would poach for 35 minutes. (This technique for measuring fish is called the "Canadian" method.) Do not allow bouillon to boil or salmon may break.
When done, remove pan from the heat, uncover, and allow the fish to cool down in the bouillon for 1 hour.
Carefully lift out the poaching rack and slide salmon onto a large platter.
With a small knife, cut through skin near the head and slit skin down the backbone and belly.
Starting at the head, pull whole top layer of skin off the fish.
Scrape off any darkish brown meat so that exposed flesh is uniformly pink.