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Broiled Salmon in Tomato Water


(Serves 4)

Any seafood may be substituted in this dish, since the tomato water is the real star.

5 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 cups pearl onions
4 8-ounce salmon fillets, bones and skin removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons tarragon leaves

In a food processor, purée tomatoes with salt. Place tomato mixture in a cheesecloth-lined strainer over a large bowl. Store in refrigerator. Allow tomato water to drip overnight. Reserve tomato pulp for future meal requiring tomato sauce.

In saucepan, bring 3 cups salted water (not tomato water) to boil. Add pearl onions and boil until soft when pierced with knife, about 3 minutes. Submerge onions in ice water. When cool, trim root ends with small knife and pop onions out of their skin by gently squeezing. Reserve.

Preheat broiler. Rub salmon fillets with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place salmon on greased cookie sheet. Broil for about 2 minutes per side, turning once. Flesh should be opaque and moist with a slightly pink center.

Bring tomato water to simmer and remove from heat. Whisk in butter. Season with salt and pepper. Place each salmon fillet in small bowl. Pour tomato water on top. Sprinkle with pearl onions and tarragon.