4 strips of bacon, diced
1 celery stick
4 salmon fillets, 6 oz. each
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup red wine
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped (1/4 teaspoon dried)
1/2 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Fry bacon in a heavy skillet to remove fat and set aside. Make a mirepoix of the vegetables by finely dicing carrots, leek and celery to uniform cubes. Simmer vegetables until crisp tender and place a spoonful of vegetables on top of each fillet in an oiled baking pan. Roast in the oven until the center of the salmon is just pink, approximately 10 minutes.
While salmon is baking combine the stock, wine and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce this by one half. Prepare a roux by kneading together the flour and butter, forming small balls. Add roux balls, one at a time to simmering sauce until it has reached the consistency of heavy cream. Add the diced bacon and serve over fillets.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Maritime Flavours: Guidebook & Cookbook, by Elaine Elliot and Virginia Lee, p. 61. Halifax and Boston: Formac Publishing Company Limited, 1997