Crispy salmon with mushroom orzo and red wine sauce

  • 7 tbsps olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 475ml dry red wine
  • 475ml tinned beef stock
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 450g orzo
  • 6 shallots, minced
  • 450g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1.2L tinned low-sodium chicken stock
  • 120ml double cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 (140g) skinless boneless salmon fillets
  • 60g unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1) In a large saucepan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 5 mins. Add wine, beef broth, thyme and 1 bay leaf. Boil until liquid is reduced by 240ml, about 35 mins. Strain sauce into a small saucepan.

2) Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4. Place orzo on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, for about 20 mins.

3) Heat 2 tbsps of oil in another heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots. Saute for 4 mins. Add mushrooms. Saute until golden, about 10 mins. Add orzo, chicken broth, and 1 bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered until orzo is tender and broth is absorbed, while stirring often, about 20 mins. Add cream and tarragon. Simmer for 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

4) Heat 3 tbsp oil in a heavy large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and saute just until cooked through, about 3 mins per side.

5) Bring sauce to simmer. Add butter, whisk just until melted. Season with pepper. Spoon orzo onto 6 plates. Place salmon fillets on top of orzo. Serve with sauce.

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