Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Recipe: Baked Salmon with Italian Dressing


Have you ever had guests decide to come over for dinner with only a few hours notice?
Well, this seems to happen to me  a l l  o f  t h e  t i m e.
...& by all of the time, I mean at least once a month...

The other night my in laws made last minute plans with us to come over dinner.
Between my family and his this happens often enough that I am always prepared within a few hours notice.
One of my last minute meals of choice is baked salmon, vegetables, a potato, and a salad.
In just a few hours, I can have an entire meal prepared and not even have to run to the store.

Being prepared means always having enough salmon in the freezer to feed at least a party of 5.
Every time salmon goes on sale, I run to the fish market to stock up my freezer!
Salmon is a great choice because it defrosts quickly and marinates just as fast.
It also goes well with the wine that my husband likes to purchase in bulk and hoard in the garage.
For a double bonus, there's minimal prep work and an easy clean up!

The compliments I get from making this meal should be a crime because it's so easy to make.
You're welcome.

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Baked Salmon with Italian Dressing

(2) Pounds Salmon
(1) Packet Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing Mix
(1/4) Cup Balsamic Vinegar
(3) Tablespoons Water
(1/2) Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, mix together the Italian salad dressing mix, balsamic vinegar, water, and olive oil.  Once thoroughly mixed together, pour into a resealable bag.  Put the salmon in the bag with the dressing and move it around until it's fully submerged.  Leaving the salmon in the bag, place it skin side up on a dish in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes to marinate.
 
When it's done marinating, line a baking sheet with tin foil and lightly coat with olive oil.  Place the fish on the baking sheet skin side down and pour any remaining dressing over it.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

That's it!  That's the entire recipe!  I swear I'm not leaving anything out.
Be prepared for lots of compliments and lots of questions about how you made it.
I'll leave it up to you to decide to say the truth or pretend that you dried the herbs yourself.

Bonus Tip- Keep a NY style cheesecake in your freezer for an emergency dessert.

What are your favorite recipes for a last minute dinner party?

8 comments:

  1. I do like the look of those potatoes! And I love dark wood in furniture too! I'm more versed in preparing layered cakes in an hour or less for unexpected guests than dinners :) Unexpected guests are so rude :) I always keep some pepsi and fancy chocolates for such surprises.

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    1. The potatoes are delicious, but I don't believe you would eat them since they are boiled in chicken broth. The dark furniture is gorgeous, right? I don't know why, but I always seem to drift towards dark woods with character. Too dark and shiny never really appealed to me.

      Unexpected guests are my life!! I agree that it's rude, but it's also nice to have a house full of people. Well, until you need to cook for them. :)

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  2. Emergency mean: Box of favorite cereal, bowl, spoon, Almond milk

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    1. I'd certainly get some side eye with that dinner...

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  3. Make every surprise dinner poptarts and they'll plan far in advance.

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  4. I don't even open my door unless you call ahead. I think people learned long ago I am never up for unexpected company. I do love making salmon though for a last minute meal. I'm going to have to try your marinade. I usually just bake it in butter and lemon, but the dressing sounds like it will give the fish a great zip of extra flavor.

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  5. No one would show up at my house and expect a meal. People are lucky if I give them a glass of water. Your recipe is one of my favorite ways to prepare salmon, which I now crave.

    Love,
    Janie

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