First off...Chris and I are heading to Oklahoma tomorrow morning to visit his family. All though I am looking forward to spending time with his amazingly, wonderful family, I am not looking forward to the humidity of the Oklahoma summer. I don't really miss the days of taking a shower and never really being dry after that. Lucky for us, his dad and step mom live on a lake, so there will at least be a place to get some relief from the heat and humidity! There is also talk of go-kart racing....and not on a go-kart race track either!! Don't worry, I'll be bringing my camera to document whatever crazy antics Chris and his three brothers come up with. While I'm gone, you will still be graced with some tasty recipes. I have the pleasure of having some amazing bloggers guest blog for me....so check back and see what they have in store for you....believe me, you won't be disappointed!! Oh...and I probably won't have very much access to a the internet while there, so if you email me, please be patient, I will answer you as soon as I can!
Now....regarding this scrumptious little dish:
I think I am going to start referring to orzo as the "Friday Night Special"! It seems to be the thing I gravitate towards when Chris is not eating with me. I'll blame him for this...if he would not dislike orzo so much, I could make it on a Monday or Wednesday!! I tend to go with a fish he might not like either... are you seeing a Friday night trend here? :)
This was the perfect little meal for me. I kept the salmon simple...the additions to the pasta were just left over items I had in my fridge. The orzo was cheesy and smooth. I ate this warm, but had it cold for lunch the next day and it was just as wonderful!
Parmesan Orzo with Salmon
6oz salmon fillet
juice of 1/2 a lime
salt and pepper
3/4 cup orzo pasta
1 3/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup cucumber, diced
1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Place the salmon on a large square of aluminum foil sprayed with non-stick oil. Drizzle the lime juice over it. Now drizzle honey over it, about 1/2-1 teaspoon. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Close foil around the salmon to form a packet. Place on grill preheated to medium. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the orzo and cook according to package directions (about 8-10 minutes). Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the stock.
Pour the orzo into a medium size bowl. Shred or chop up the grilled salmon and add it to the orzo. Add the cucumber, tomato, parsley, and parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Enjoy warm or cold!