3 rashers bacon
1/2 bulb fennel, cored and trimmed
250 grams sockeye salmon fillet, no bones or skin
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 375° F.
Cut the bacon into ¼ strips and dice the fennel. Toss the bacon and fennel together in a small pan, and cook, stirring 3-4 times for 30 minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the fennel tender, but not brown.
Drain the bacon and fennel mixture on paper toweling. When completely cool, stir the mixture into the mayonnaise along with the cilantro and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cut the salmon into 1 to 2” cubes, toss with the olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper.
In the bottom of a double boiler with a steamer insert, bring about 1” of water to the boil. Place the salmon in the steamer, ensuring no pieces overlap. Cover, reduce the heat to med. and steam for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the salmon is firm to the touch and just before beads of white fat appear on its surface (see note). Remove to a plate and cool completely.
Serve on soft rolls with lettuce, red onion and plenty of tartar sauce.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Theresa Carle-Sanders, Island Vittles: Quick Bites from Pender Island, BC, August 28, 2012