Check out a few secrets from Wolfgang Puck who is catering the offical Oscar's afterparty this year. Check out his website: http://wolfgangpuck.com/catering
Here is what you'll need!
Salmon with Pesto Veggie Noodles by Wolfgang Puck Servings: 2
INGREDIENTS 1 shallot 2 cloves garlic 5 large leaves basil ¼ bunch flat leaf parsley 1 pint cherry tomatoes 1 teaspoon chili flakes Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste 1 lemon ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for cooking 2 6-ounce fillets of salmon, skin off 1 yellow squash 1 zucchini 2 carrots 2 watermelon radishes
PREPARATION Finely dice the shallot and add it to a medium bowl. Mince the garlic and add it to the bowl with the shallot. Chiffonade the basil, chop the parsley, and add to the bowl. Quarter the cherry tomatoes and add them to the bowl with the herbs, along with the chili flakes, a pinch of salt and pepper, the juice of one lemon, and the olive oil. Stir to combine. Heat a bit of oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. When the oil is shimmering, sear the salmon on one side until golden brown. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown and the fish is cooked through. Remove the salmon from the heat and wipe out the skillet. Cut the squash, zucchini, carrots, and watermelon radishes in half, if needed, then spiralize. Heat a bit of oil in the pan over medium heat until simmering. Add the vegetable noodles to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Divide the vegetable noodles between two plates. Place a piece of salmon on each bed of noodles, then top with tomato sauce. Enjoy!
Wolfgang Puck's Trout in Puff Pastry Servings: 6
INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup celery, sliced ½ cup leeks, julienned ½ cup carrots, julienned Salt, to taste White pepper, to taste 1 cup heavy cream 1 whole trout, cleaned Black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped 2 sheets puff pastry 2 eggs, beaten Parsley, for serving Lemon wedges, for serving
Chive Butter Sauce: 1 cup white wine Juice of one lemon 4 shallots, minced ½ bunch tarragon 1 cup heavy cream 18 tablespoons (2 ¼ sticks) butter, sliced Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste 2 bunches chives, minced
PREPARATION Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the celery, leeks, carrots, and a pinch of salt and white pepper, and sauté until the vegetables start to cook down. Add the cream and stir to coat the vegetables. Cook until the cream is thickened. Remove the pan from the heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out both sheets of puff pastry until they are ⅓-inch thick. Transfer one sheet of puff pastry to the baking sheet. Cut the trout along the back to remove the spine, then butterfly open. Season with salt, pepper, and the tarragon. Scoop the cooked vegetables onto one side of the fish, then fold over the other fillet. Transfer the fish to the center of the sheet of puff pastry. Brush egg wash around the fish, then lay on the second sheet of puff pastry, pressing around the fish to seal. Use a paring knife to cut away the excess puff pastry in the shape of a fish. Brush the top of the puff pastry with egg wash and use the leftover pastry scraps to decorate the fish with an eye and gills. Use the tip of the knife or the large opening of a pastry tip to draw scales on the body and tail. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Make the Chive Butter Sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the wine, lemon juice, shallots, and tarragon. Reduce until only a ¼ cup of liquid remains. Add the cream and reduce until the mixture thickens slightly. Slowly whisk in the butter, 1 piece at a time, until the sauce is glossy and thickened. Remove the tarragon stem and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the chives. Preheat the oven to 375℉ (190℃). When the oven is heated. Bake the fish for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Transfer the fish to a platter and garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges. To serve, cut the fish into indiv