It’s been award show season and on this particular occasion, I wanted to make something interesting to eat while we watched but wasn’t really feeling like the usual “party snack” fare, so this is what I came up with.
First and foremost important thing? Soak your sticks in water!! I was using bamboo skewers, but these or any wooden ones must be soaked for at least 1/2 hour in water so they don’t catch fire in the oven or one the grill!
Then I placed a few strips of bacon on a parchment covered tray and put them in the oven at about 300 degrees because you want them to cook slowly and not crisp up at all. When they are almost done, but still very bendy, take them out and let them cool down till they are cool enough to touch.
Meanwhile, chop your salmon into nice 1 inch by 1 inch chunks, or there abouts.
Then add the dry rub which today, I was going for a bit of a “Cajun” type taste, but whatever you want is fine. Maybe you even have an actual prepared dry rub that you already like. But I mixed up:
- smokie paprika
- chili powder
- clove ( small bit)
Mix it into the salmon chunks and let sit a bit to get acquainted.
Then as side dishes I made my old stand by “roasted yams” with toasted walnuts.
And a nice little pineapple black bean salsa.
For the salsa combine:
- bite size chunks of fresh pineapple
- 1/4 of a small red onion VERY finely minced
- a large handful of freshly chopped cilantro
- 1 cup or 1/2 a tin of well rinsed black beans
- 1 tbsp cumin
- a generous squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice
- salt and pepper
Then set that aside to exchange flavours too.
So when the roasted yams are done, take them out and turn the oven up to at least 400 degrees.
While it is pre-heating, it is time to assemble your salmon on a stick.
Start with a piece of bacon at one end and push it on to the stick, then add a piece of salmon, then bend over the bacon and poke that on, then another piece of salmon and so on. As though you are weaving a ribbon of bacon between your salmon chunks.
Replace back on to the same tray that the bacon was cooked on. Both for easier clean up but also to get any added flavour from bacon drippings.
Bake in the hot oven for probably no more than 10 minutes. If even that.
Keep a close eye to make sure the bacon doesn’t start to burn.
Remove and add to your favorite side dishes and you will have a great meal for any occasion!