Another French creation inspired by Julia Child. . .with specific instructions for making a white sauce in the microwave. . .
–salmon fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)
–lemon juice (3 squirts)
–oregano (1 teaspoon, dried)
–Swiss cheese (2 full slices)
–chopped onions (one-quarter cup)
–milk (three-fourth’s cup)
–white wine (one-quarter cup)
–flour (1 level tablespoon)
–salt and pepper to taste
–extra virgin olive oil to taste (or butter; Julia uses butter)
1 – Place the salmon fillet in a covered baking dish. Drench in lemon juice. Set aside.
2 – To make one-half cup white sauce in the microwave:
–pour one-eighth cup of white wine in a 2-cup microwaveable measuring cup;
–pour three-eighth’s cup of milk in the measuring cup, so that liquid reaches the one-half cup measure;
–microwave on high for 50 seconds only;
–immediately out of the microwave, place 1 level tablespoon of white flour in the measuring cup; beat the contents briskly;
–return the measuring cup with milk, wine, and flour to the microwave, and heat for 20 seconds only on high;
–remove from the microwave and beat briskly. Then set aside.
3 – Return to the salmon fillet, and season with salt and pepper. Place onions on top. Then pour white sauce over the salmon and onions. Place Swiss cheese on top, to cover the salmon. Then sprinkle with oregano. Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil (or microwave 2 tablespoons butter for 10 seconds in a covered container in the microwave, and then pour over the salmon).
4 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Salmon is best if slightly undercooked, flaky but not red.
5 – Serve the creamy salmon hot.
–recipe by C. Mabry, chef; inspired by Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.