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Salmon Tailgating Sandwiches

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Salmon Tailgating Sandwiches

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  • Yield: 4 sandwiches
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Chill 1 hr
  • Cook 10 mins

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Poached salmon is topped with a fruit relish to make these tasty sandwiches. They'll be a hit at a tailgate or any gathering with friends.


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen skinless salmon, tuna or halibut fillet, cut 1 inch thick
  • 1 cup dry white wine or vegetable broth
  • 1 small Vidalia or other sweet onion, cut into thin wedges (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • Apple and Dried Cherry Relish (recipe follows)
  • 1 8 - 12 - ounce loaf ciabatta bread, 4 individual ciabatta rolls, or 4 individual French rolls
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish. In a large skillet or fish poacher, combine wine or broth, onion, salt, pepper, and oregano. Bring to boiling; add salmon. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Use a slotted spatula to transfer salmon and onion from cooking liquid to a shallow dish. Discard cooking liquid. Cover and refrigerate salmon and onion for 1 hour or until chilled.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare Apple and Dried Cherry Relish. Cut bread loaf into quarters, if using. Slice each quarter horizontally in half (if bread is very thick, hollow top half slightly). Drizzle cut sides lightly with olive oil. Remove salmon from refrigerator. Cut salmon fillet into 4 equal pieces. Place a piece of salmon on bottom of bread. Top with Apple and Cherry Relish. Add top piece of bread. Wrap securely in plastic wrap. Refrigerate up to 4 hours. (If you like, the salmon, relish and bread can be packed separately and assembled just before eating.) Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 4 sandwiches.

Apple and Dried Cherry Relish


  • reserved onion wedges (from poaching liquid)
  • 2/3 cup Granny Smith apples, cored and diced
  • 1/3 cup snipped dried cherries,cranberries, or blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh oregano


  1. In a small bowl combine reserved onion wedges (from poaching liquid); apples, cored and diced; dried cherries, dried cranberries or dried blueberries; lemon juice; honey; snipped fresh flat leaf parsley and snipped fresh oregano. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts

(Salmon Tailgating Sandwiches)

Fat, total (g) 10, Potassium (mg) 590, vit. A (IU) 243, vit. C (mg) 8, calcium (mg) 91, pro. (g) 29, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 3, carb. (g) 48, sodium (mg) 532, fiber (g) 3, cal. (kcal) 402, sugar (g) 9, iron (mg) 3, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, Niacin (mg) 20, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Monosaturated fat (g) 3, sat. fat (g) 2, Folate (µg) 121, chol. (mg) 60, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Thiamin (mg) 0

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