The Westin Phoenix Downtown is pleased to announce that Chad McDonald has been appointed to executive chef of the hotel. McDonald brings with him many years of culinary experience, passion and inspiration to his new role. We are happy to say he has shared his recipe for Smoked Salmon Benedict to share with our readers.
McDonald attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas, where he fine-tuned his technique, method and culinary abilities.
McDonald says, When he is not in the kitchen, McDonald enjoys outdoor activities like camping, fishing and shooting, and he really appreciates working with his hands on welding and wood working projects. Most importantly, he loves working with kids and the community and wants to pass along his knowledge to younger generations – especially his culinary skills!
Smoked Salmon Benedict Recipe
- 1 pound salmon
- 1 cup salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
Preparation: In a bowl mix the salt, sugar, and pepper. Rub the salmon on all sides with the mix and cover with the leftover mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. Remove salmon from cure and rinse well. Pat dry the salmon and place in a smoker. Cold smoke the salmon for one hour. Allow to chill and then slice.
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons citrus juice
- 1 cup clarified butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
Preparation: In a double boiler over medium heat, place the citrus juice and egg yolks and begin to whisk. If the pot gets to hot remove from heat so the eggs do not scramble. Once the egg yolks begin to thicken begin adding your butter starting with one tablespoon. Once all the butter has been incorporated, season with the salt and cayenne pepper. Reserve until needed.
Preparation: Bring a 1 gallon of water with 3 tablespoons of distilled vinegar to a simmer. Gently stir the water to create a vortex and crack your eggs into the pot. Allow the eggs to cook 4 to 6 minutes. When ready the eggs will retain their shape and the whites will be fully cooked.
Assembly of the Salmon Benedict
Take a toasted English muffin and place spinach and three slices of smoked salmon on each piece. Place poached eggs on top of the salmon. Finish with 1 to 2 spoonful’s of hollandaise over each egg.
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