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Wild Salmon with Pearl Couscous, Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, and Lemon Oregano Oil

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Yield: Makes 6 servingsActive time: 40 minTotal time: 3 1/4 hr (includes roasting tomatoes)
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Yield: Makes 6 servingsActive time: 40 minTotal time: 3 1/4 hr (includes roasting tomatoes)
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Ingredients

For tomatoes and lemon oregano oil
  • 6 plum tomatoes (1 lb), halved lengthwise
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cup garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 10 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 12 cup whole fresh oregano leaves plus 3 tablespoons finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
For couscous
  • 6 plum tomatoes (1 lb), halved lengthwise
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cup garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 10 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 12 cup whole fresh oregano leaves plus 3 tablespoons finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cup pearl (israeli) couscous (12 oz)
  • 1 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (14 fl oz)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For salmon
  • 6 plum tomatoes (1 lb), halved lengthwise
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cup garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 10 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 12 cup whole fresh oregano leaves plus 3 tablespoons finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cup pearl (israeli) couscous (12 oz)
  • 1 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (14 fl oz)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 (6-oz) pieces wild salmon fillet with skin (preferably center cut)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup kalamata or other brine-cured black olives (3 oz), pitted and quartered lengthwise

Preparation

Baking Directions:

PreparationRoast tomatoes and prepare oil: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 250°F.

Toss tomatoes with sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and arrange, cut sides down, in a small shallow baking pan.

Heat oil in a 9- to 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until pale golden, 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir in basil and whole oregano leaves, then pour oil over tomatoes.

Roast tomatoes until very tender but not falling apart, 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours.

Transfer tomatoes with a spatula to a large plate, then pour oil through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl or measuring cup, discarding solids.

Stir in chopped oregano, zest, juice, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Cook couscous: Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then toast couscous, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and pale golden, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add broth, water, and salt and simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed and couscous is al dente, 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 10 minutes, then stir in 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon oregano oil.

Season with salt.

Roast salmon while couscous stands: Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 500°F.

Line a 17- by 12-inch shallow baking pan with foil.

Arrange salmon, skin sides down, in baking pan, then drizzle with olive oil, rubbing it over tops of fillets, and sprinkle with salt.

Roast salmon until just cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes.

Divide couscous among 6 plates.

Lift salmon flesh from skin with a slotted spatula and transfer a fillet to each bed of couscous.

Put 2 tomato halves on each plate, then sprinkle salmon with olives and drizzle with some lemon oregano oil.

Cooks' note: Tomatoes can be roasted 3 days ahead and chilled in oil in an airtight container.

Bring to room temperature before proceeding.

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