Thursday, August 13, 2009

Salmon Mousse in Aspic

This is from the Southern Heritage Southern Living set again, but from the little blogged about volume Sea and Stream. That volume has many many weird recipes, so I knew it would have a Salmon Mousse recipe. Now look closely at the picture. Around the mousse is pasta and 'Salmon Croquettes' (maybe tomorrow I'll add that recipe) - BUT - it is resting on squares of Aspic.
The caption reads 'Salmon Mousse, garnished, for a stunning party presentation.' I'm stunned alright.
Here's the recipe for the Aspic squares to 'garnish' your Salmon Mousse:
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 1/2 cups water
Soften gelatin in water in a small saucepan: cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin dissolves. Pour mixture into a lightly oiled 15X10X1 inch jellyroll pan. Chill until firm. Cut into 1/2 inch squares. Turn out of pan. Use to garnish Salmon Mousse. Yield: 2 cups.
Why go to all that trouble? Notice this presentation also uses strips of green onion to look like seaweed. Very odd indeed.
I'm reviewing some HCI Teens issues books, and they are very sad. Written by teens themselves, they cover very serious problems teens face. I can tell I'll be reading romances this weekend for balance!


Anne said...

Stunned is the only word for it! Wow.

CD McLean said...

Reminds me of the Julie and Julia Aspic chapters. The seaweed is an inspired touch. 8-)