Salmon koulibiac Recipe

  • 60g/2oz basmati rice
  • pinch turmeric
  • 60g/2oz butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 200g/7oz chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 600g/1lb 5oz ready-cooked salmon fillets, flaked
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 free-range eggs, hard-boiled, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 250g/9oz ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • sesame seeds, to sprinkle
  1. Place the rice into a pan of boiling water with a pinch of turmeric and cook for 15-17 minutes, or until just done but still firm, then drain.
  2. Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the onion for 4-5 minutes, until soft.
  3. Add the mushrooms and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until softened.
  4. Add the cooked rice, salmon, parsley, tarragon, eggs and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Place the puff pastry onto a clean flat surface. Cut out a rectangle 30cm/12in x 20cm/8in.
  6. Spoon the salmon mixture down the length of the middle of the pastry rectangle, then wrap the pastry around the mixture.
  7. Brush the pastry all over with the beaten egg, then place onto a baking tray and place in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  9. Sprinkle the pastry parcel with sesame seeds and transfer to the oven to cook for 30 minutes, or until hot throughout and crisp and golden-brown all over.