Salmon Surprise

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Need a break from all that holiday cooking and want something simple and fast but also delicious? Try salmon cooked in foil. No mess, no clean up and a delicious and healthy way to start the New Year.

Salmon Surprise

Serves 4

5 tablespoons Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil
2 cups cooked plain vermicelli
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
2 teaspoons minced flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 salmon fillets, 6 ounces each
1 small onion, peeled and diced
1 small zucchini, diced
6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup bottled clam juice or dry white wine

Preheat the oven to 450F.

Cut four 10 X 12-inch sheets of aluminum foil and set aside. Have a baking sheet ready.Use 1 tablespoon of the oil to brush the four sheets of foil. Set aside. Mix the vermicelli in a bowl with 3 tablespoons oil. Divide and spoon it into the center of each sheet. Mix the lemon juice, remaining olive oil, salt, thyme, parsley, and mustard together in a small bowl. Brush each fish fillet with some of the mixture and place 1 fillet on top of each pile of vermicelli. Sprinkle the onion, zucchini, and tomatoes evenly over the top of each fillet. Pour 2 tablespoons of the clam juice or wine over each. Bring the four corners of the foil up and twist the ends together to form a bundle.

Place bundles on a baking sheet.Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The salmon should remain moist and the color of coral in the center. Do not overcook. Place a package on each of 4 dinner plates and serve at once, letting each guest open his or her own package. You can stand back and watch the steam and smiles escape.

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