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Peppercorn-Crusted Salmon

Yield 4 Servings

Prep-time 45 Minutes

Cook Time 15 Minutes


4-6oz portions salmon

Vegetable oil
¼ cup cracked mixed peppercorns, crushed
Cabernet Franc-Blackberry Sauce, recipe follows


Rub the salmon with the vegetable oil and then coat with the peppercorns. Heat a saute pan over high heat and add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add the salmon and cook about 2-3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the salmon it may be necessary to finish in a 350° oven for up to 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and serve with the blackberry sauce.

Cabernet Franc-Blackberry Sauce

1 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp minced shallots
1½ cup 2007 Pedroni Vineyard Cabernet Franc
½ cup blackberry vinegar
1 cup blackberries, plus a few extra for garnish
1 cup veal stock
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature, cubed
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper


Heat the olive oil and butter in a small saucepan; add shallots and saute 2-3 minutes. Deglaze with the Cabernet Franc and vinegar. Bring to a boil and reduce until almost dry. Add the blackberries and veal stock; reduce again by half.

Strain sauce and pour back into the pan. Bring sauce back to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and whisk the butter in a piece at a time. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with a few fresh blackberries.