- 100 g unsalted butter (softened)
- 2 tblsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tblsp chopped tarragon leaves
- 1 tblsp chopped dill
- 1 garlic clove (peeled and crushed)
- 500 g packet all-butter puff pastry (thawed if frozen)
- plain flour (for dusting)
- 4 (175g each) organic salmon fillets (2.5cm/1" thick, skinned and boned)
- 50 g baby spinach leaves
- 1 egg (beaten)
- salt and cracked black pepper
- salad leaves lightly dressed with french vinaigrette, to serve
- If you are making these salmon puff pastry parcels more than an hour in advance, dust the bottom layer of pastry with a little semolina or polenta to prevent it going soggy. If using shop-bought pastry, look out for the all-butter variety that is now available in most supermarkets.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Place the butter in a small bowl with the parsley, tarragon, dill, garlic and some salt and cracked black pepper, and stir until well combined. Spoon the butter on to a sheet of cling film or non-stick baking paper and shape into a roll about 2.5cm (1in) thick, wrapping tightly. Chill the butter in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to firm up (or refrigerate for up to 48 hours, if time allows).
- Cut the pastry into eight evenly sized sections and roll each out on a lightly floured work surface to a rectangle of 13 x 18cm (5 x 7in), trimming the edges if necessary. Arrange four of the rectangles on baking sheets lined with non-stick baking paper. Place a salmon fillet in the centre of each one.
- Unwrap the garlic butter, and cut into 16 equal slices. Arrange four slices on each piece of salmon in an overlapping layer. Cover with the spinach leaves and season with salt and pepper.
- Brush the edges of the pastry bases with a little beaten egg and lay a second sheet of pastry on top, pressing down to seal. Crimp all around the edges of each parcel by gently pressing the pastry with the forefinger of one hand and between the first two fingers of the other hand, until completely sealed. Use a sharp knife to make light slashes in the top of each parcel, being careful not to cut right through.
- Brush the parcels with the remaining beaten egg and bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is cooked through and golden brown. Place on warmed plates with some dressed salad leaves.