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Crisp Skinned Salmon on Creamy Leeks and Cabbage
Makes 8 servings.

2 leeks
1 (3-pound) head cabbage
1 slice bacon
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 cup butter
3 to 3 1/2 pounds salmon filets, center-cut preferably, in 1 or 2 pieces
salt, pepper
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup whipping cream

Trim tough green tops from leeks, leaving only whites and pale
green lower leaves. Leaving leeks attached at bottom, slice in
quarters lengthwise. Rinse well under cold running water until
all sand and mud are gone. Slice thinly crosswise.

Quarter head of cabbage and remove tough white core. Slice thinly.
Slice bacon in thin crosswise strips.

Toast cumin seeds in dry pan over medium heat, shaking frequently
until fragrant about 5 niinutes.

Combine bacon and 2 tablespoons butter in bottom of large skillet
and cook over mediun-high heat until bacon is rendered and crisp,
about 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium, add toasted cumin and leek slices, then cook
until leeks soften, about 5 minutes. Add half of cabbage and cook,
stirring, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add half of remaining
cabbage and cook until that is soft, 10 more minutes.

While cabbage is cooking, score salmon on skin-side, cutting just
deep enough to pierce skin. Cut salmon into 8 equal pieces. Salt
and pepper to taste on both sides.

Add remaining cabbage to first skillet along with cream. Cook,
stirring occasionally, until cream is no longer visible when pan
is tilted from side to side. Season to taste with salt. Just
before serving add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, and cook just
until sauce thickens, less than a minute.

Heat oil in wide nonstick skillet over high heat. Add salmon
fillets, skin side down, and cook until skin has crisped and flesh
has lightened about one-third up side, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn filets
over and remove skillet from stove to finish cooking off heat.

Divide leek and cabbage mixture evenly among 8 plates or shallow
bowls. Place salmon on top, sldn side up. The skin should be very
crisp. Serve immediately.


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