Classic Coulibiac of Salmon, tender salmon fillets layered with rice and mushrooms, wrapped in puffed pastry. Mmmm!
Today’s recipe concept came from the beloved Asheville chef Joe Scully of The Corner Kitchen.
He introduced us to Coulibiac of Salmon (kool-ee-bee-ack) at a local wine dinner several years ago, and I immediately fell in love!
One problem, this traditional Russian dish involves a layer of hard-boiled eggs, the only food I simply can’t stomach. (It’s the sulfuric yolk odor. I can’t explain it, but it makes me gag!)
So I’ve substituted wilted spinach for the egg layer, it’s a mild, but colorful adjustment.
I’ve also modified it for individual portions, making Coulibiac of Salmon easier to handle and faster to bake.
Imagine… Individually wrapped pastries, piping hot, and packed with rice, spinach, sautéed mushrooms, salmon, and dill.
Break through the crusty golden exterior with your fork, and sink into layers of steaming goodness!
Coulibiac of Salmon is a true show-stopper with a gorgeous golden crust and layers of yummy goodness inside. It’s perfect for dinner parties or hosting the boss, and fairly easy to put together.
If you are looking for something out of the ordinary to serve at a holiday dinner this season, Coulibiac of Salmon is just the dish to make your meal sensational!
Coulibiac of Salmon
- 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 shallots, thinly sliced
- 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup chopped dill
- 1 cup cooked, leftover rice
- 2 pieces salmon, (6-8 ounces each) cut in half for 4 square-ish pieces
- 1 box chopped frozen spinach, thawed
- 1 large egg
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, sliced shallots and mushrooms. Saute for 5 minutes to brown the mushrooms. Then salt and pepper to taste, and add the wine. Allow the mushrooms to simmer until the wine has completely absorbed and the mushrooms are nearly dry, about 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cut one sheet of puff pastry into 4 squares and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Top each square with 1/4 cup of cooked rice, make sure to leave a border around the edges.
Squeeze the spinach to remove any excess liquid, then layer the spinach over the rice. Sprinkle the spinach with a touch of salt. Once the mushrooms have cooked down, layer them on top of the spinach. Top each stack with a half-portion of salmon. Salt and pepper the salmon and sprinkle with fresh dill.
- Whisk the egg with 1 tablespoon water and brush it around the exposed puff pastry edges.
- Roll the second piece of puff pastry out into a slightly larger square. Cut it into four smaller squares. Lay each square over a salmon stack. Gently seal the edges by crimping with a fork.
- Brush the remaining egg over the tops. Cut a small vent in the top of each pastry. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the tops are golden.