Saturday, 14 April 2012

Daring Cooks April 2012: Maple Glazed Salmon with Cauliflower and Goats Cheese Mash

Our April 2012 Daring Cooks hosts were David & Karen from Twenty-Fingered Cooking. They presented us with a very daring and unique challenge of forming our own recipes by using a set list of ingredients!

The three ingredients I chose were: Cauliflower, Goats Cheese and Maple Syrup, an unlikely combination, and it took me a little while to figure out what to make with them. In the end I made Maple Glazed Salmon and Cauliflower Puree with Goats Cheese. I served it with broccoli and green beans.

Maple Glazed Salmon with Cauliflower and Goats Cheese Mash
(Serves 1)

1 salmon fillet
1 tsp old bay seasoning
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 small cauliflower
2 tsp soft goat cheese
1 tbsp sour cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Put the salmon fillet on a baking tray and pour over the old bay and then the maple syrup.

Cut the cauliflower into bite-size florets; cover and steam in steamer until tender, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile bake the salmon for about 10 mins.

With immersion blender or potato masher, puree the cauliflower until almost texture of mashed potatoes.

Add goat cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper and puree until combined. Stir in chives. Serve with veg.


  1. I've never tried pureed cauliflower, but it sounds yummy.

    Great job on the challenge.

  2. Great job! Your meal looks awesome!

  3. Great job on the challenge! The fish sounds really good, and I like the idea of using the cauliflower as a sort of "mashed-potato" base.


  4. I tried this on the grill and it was great! The combination of the maple flavored crust and the spicy Old Bay seasoning was perfect with the creamy rich salmon.

  5. Thanks for the recipe! I steamed cauliflower in chicken broth, then added goat cheese, and a bit of garlic and onion. (I didn't have all of your recipe ingredients at home.) Took the immersion blender to it so the puree took five seconds. The salmon cooking instructions were perfect. Sprinkled chopped pistachios on top. Will try your maple glaze next time.