We recently made this recipe and were blown away by the enormous yum factor. We were inspired by a recent tasting of Schramsberg sparkling wines held at a local wine and liquor store. While all of the wines were delightful, we especially enjoyed the Brut Rose. The winemaker’s president was at the tasting and he insisted that salmon was the perfect pairing for that particular wine. Since they served some delicious salmon appetizers, we were able to try the combination for ourselves. Wow, is all I can say. We purchased a bottle and resolved to make cedar plank salmon the next weekend to enjoy with a bottle of the wine.
I wanted to try something different, so we purchased salmon and cedar planks and I searched for a recipe. I found a recipe on the Big Green Egg website, which we adapted to our taste. Since we own a Big Green Egg, it was perfect, but it can be successfully adapted to any grill.
First soak two cedar planks for at least one hour. Fire up your grill to 400 degrees. Assemble the following ingredients:
2 tbsp. Olive oil
4 salmon filets
½ cup Dijon mustard
½ cup honey
1 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. grated orange zest
1 tsp. Thyme, fresh or dried
Combine the mustard, honey, orange zest, vinegar and thyme. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. We sprinkled it with the Fresh Market salmon rub for an extra layer of flavor, but the honey mustard glaze is delicious enough to stand on its own.
Place the wet cedar planks on the grill. Close the lid to preheat the planks for three minutes. Turn the planks over and brush generously with olive oil. Place the salmon filets on the planks. Brush generously with the honey mustard glaze. Close the lid and cook the salmon for 12 – 15 minutes.
We served the salmon with roasted asparagus and a garlic brown rice and quinoa mixture from Seeds of Change. And of course, we poured up some lovely glasses of Schramsburg Brut Rose. Both the colors and flavors matched the salmon perfectly. We all agreed it was the best salmon we had ever made.
When you go to purchase the wine, don't be alarmed by the price. Yes, it's expensive, but not much more than you'd pay for a mediocre wine at a restaurant. And trust me, you will be enjoying a restaurant quality meal. So, go ahead and have a holiday splurge. Your tastebuds will remember it for a long time!