His Boss Is Coming Over for Dinner

April 27, 2009 by

You're sitting at the kitchen table, sipping a cup of coffee reading the entertainment section of the Sunday paper.

It seems like there haven't been any good movies out for a few weeks now.

You reach for a a bite of your english muffin, and just as you crunch down he says calmly, "I invited my boss and his wife over for dinner this week."

You choke a first, but quickly recover with an, "Oh really? What night?"

"Tuesday," he replies.  

Ok, that's an entire day to prepare.  No worries there.  

"Any requests?" you ask, having no idea what his boss likes to eat, but wanting to make a good impression on both him and his wife.

"How about salmon?"

Score!  That's an easy one...

In case you don't know, I loathe salmon.   But my husband loves it, and so I have worked diligently over the past few years to find recipes that everyone - even salmon haters - will enjoy.

This salmon recipe looks and tastes like something very special, yet is really easy to make so you won't spend too much time in the kitchen.  

And while you may not believe me at first glance, I recommend doubling the chutney.  You'll find yourself standing over the stove eating it with a spoon.  Oh yeah.  It's that good.  

So next time your partner tells you his boss is coming to dinner with his wife  over the Sunday morning paper, continue enjoying the moment.  You have the perfect salmon recipe guaranteed to impress.

Until our next meal,



Baked Salmon with Apple-Date Chutney



Baked Salmon with Apple-Date Chutney

Baked Salmon with Apple-Date Chutney

  • 4 Salmon Fillets (Each About 5-6 Ounces)
  • 6 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 Cup Chopped Red Onion
  • 1 1/2 Cups Chopped Peeled Green Apple
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pitted Dates 
  • 4 Tbs Apple Juice
  • 2 Tbs White Wine Vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  
  2. Brush each salmon fillet with 1/2 teaspoon oil. 
  3. Sprinkle each with 1/4 teaspoon curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. Broil salmon until just opaque in center, about 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness. 
  5. Meanwhile, heat remaining 4 teaspoons oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-low heat. 
  6. Add onion and sauté until onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes. 
  7. Mix in apple, dates, apple juice and remaining 2 teaspoon curry powder. 
  8. Cook 2 minutes longer. Mix in vinegar; simmer 1 minute. Season chutney to taste with salt and pepper. 
  9. Transfer salmon to plates. Spoon chutney alongside and serve. 


Recipe originally featured in Bon Appetit Magazine, November 1997

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