Pan Roasted Salmon with Caramelized Endive
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 heads endive (about 1 pound), sliced in half lengthwise
½ cup Pedroncelli Chardonnay
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced chives
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skin on
Preheat oven to 375° F
Heat the butter in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat until it begins to sizzle. Add the endive and cook for 5 minutes on each side until evenly browned. Mix the wine and sugar in a small bowl and add it to the pan. Cook about 20 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Cook at medium heat for a few minutes longer, cut-side down, until caramelized. Season endive with salt and pepper and keep warm over low heat while preparing the salmon.
To prepare the salmon, mix the olive oil, chives, garlic, lemon zest, and measured salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the salmon fillets and turn them to coat with the olive oil mixture.
Heat a large, heavy-bottomed ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add the fillets skin-side down and cook for 4 minutes. Turn fillets skin-side up and place skillet in the pre-heated oven for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the fillets to a serving platter.
To serve, arrange 2 endive halves and a fillet, skin-side down, on each plate.