Salmon with Chanterelles and Slow Cooked Tomatoes

October 17, 2009


Even though it's mid-October, I am still picking tomatoes off my plants.  Yesterday I had an entire gallon-sized bag of tomatoes that I wanted to use up. So ripe, juicy and sweet- I knew  these tomatoes would likely be the last of the season and therefore needed to be used in a special dish. Earlier I had bought some wild salmon, fresh herbs, a sweet onion and some chanterelle mushrooms. Normally, I wouldn't pair a delicate flavor like chanterelle mushrooms with rich salmon or tomatoes, but I was in a risky mood. What could those flavors be like together? Would the chanterelles get completely lost in the dish? I decided to find out.


I sliced about two cups of the tomatoes in half and gently coated them with olive oil, salt and pepper and fresh thyme leaves. Next I spread them out on a sheet tray and put them in the oven to roast. When sweet tomatoes are slow cooked, they get even sweeter. Candy-like actually. To really slow cook them, I would have had to cook them in a 200 degree oven for two hours, but most week nights don't allow for that kind of time. So I put these in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes and reduced the heat to 300 degrees and cooked them for another 10 minutes.


While the tomatoes were cooking, I sauteed the onions and mushrooms with olive oil, added some garlic, salt and pepper and a little more fresh thyme. Once the tomatoes were done, I added them to the mushrooms and onions. Then I seared the salmon separately, just to medium rare, with only olive oil and salt and pepper. I placed the salmon on a plate and covered it completely with the rich tomatoes, chanterelles and onions. For a second I was like, oh man, you took something so great and you wasted it by drowning it in sweet tomatoes! But you know what- it worked! Juicy-sweet layers of flavor capturing the end of summer and the beginning of fall in one dish.


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Sarah's picture

Mmmm. I just finished dinner and that's making my mouth water! I have been itchin' to try the truly slow-roasted tomatoes and haven't planned enough ahead to do it - I hear it's a great way to make winter tomatoes tasty.

Melissa Peterman's picture

Hi Sarah,

I agree, if I ever need a tomato fix, I look to Roma or cherry tomatoes and slow roast them in the oven- super yum!

Amy at Work's picture

Hi Melissa,

That picture alone sells me. Wow.

In recent years I've lost my taste for tomatoes. Too acidic...or something. But maybe slow-roasting them will bring back the romance.

I like your adventuresome approach! Hope to see you again soon - Amy