Salmon with Feta cheese

 
This recipe was taken from Ragazze nella cucina; my favourite food-related blog (in Swedish). For me, this was a completely new way of serving salmon.
All in all, I would expect that this dish takes around 25 minutes to cook, and it's fairly easy too. So instead of buying Omega-10-tablets of late-night TV infomercials, why not try some salmon for dinner?
 
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The basic ingredients you need to make these, for two servings:
 
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Set your oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
 
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Rinse well, and crumble the feta cheese in a bowl.

Tip: Cut the cheese into rough cubes before crumbling it, this makes the task much easier.
 
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Mix the cheese with the crème fraiche to form a paste. The paste will have a grainy texture, but this is OK, as long as there aren't any big lumps of cheese in there.
 
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Season the paste with finely chopped basil, salt and pepper.
 
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Place the salmon fillet(s) in an oven-proof dish and cover with the paste.

Put the salmon in the oven and let bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet. Salmon doesn't need to be all cooked-through, as long as it's fresh, but better safe than sorry.
 
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While the salmon is baking, prepare your pasta. I use tagliatelle, and I will give it some colour by adding some greens.

Chop a tomato in medium chunks and shred some basil leaves.
 
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In a frying pan, heat some olive oil; toss in some garlic if you feel like it. Just soften the tomatoes slightly, only a for few seconds - we don't want slush, with the basil, and then remove from the heat.
 
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With some luck - timing is always tricky while cooking - your salmon should be about done now.

The cheese coating should be starting to melt, and the fish should have gotten some colour. If your uncertain, give it another couple of minutes.
 
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Drain the pasta, and toss it with the tomato and basil; you don't need to add any extra butter or oil.
 
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Et voilà! Your dinner is ready.

Serve with the pasta and plenty of the cheese mixture which also works as a sauce.

If you feel artistic (I was mainly hungry), garnish with a nice, fresh basil leaf and halved cherry tomatoes. Enjoy!