Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon & Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes

Costco is our new BFF.  We got a sweet deal on good salmon (which I portioned into 4 meals for 2 people each), cedar planks, and red potatoes (the potatoes part is super old news, if you’ve been reading this blog this summer!).  This was the first time I used the Costco salmon (I *love* buying in bulk, but I also *love* hoarding/savouring things). 
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In addition, this is about our 10th time using the potatoes since we bought the 5 pound bag – and there is STILL a lot more!  Thankfully, when stored properly, potatoes last for a long time, so we can use them all!
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This salmon from Simple Bites was so simple and yet so delicious.  On one side, we could taste the dry rub ingredients (including a subtle sweetness from the brown sugar) and on the other side, we could taste the smokey, cedary flavour.  It was great!  Also: my husband used to dislike salmon (hence why I think this is only the second salmon recipe featured on Never the Same Dish – the first salmon recipe were these delightful grilled barbecue salmon burgers).  But he gobbled up this piece of salmon, and would have eaten extra, if there was any!
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The crispy herb roasted potatoes from Barbara Cooks were a nice accompaniment and there is nothing particular to note about them.  Just trying to slowly but surely plow through my potato recipes…

Side note: Despite following our plank-preparation instructions to a T, it still charred (and even…um…caught on fire a teeny bit…), but it did not at all ruin the salmon itself!  It was my first time cooking with a plank, and the planks we have work great, but are disposable, so I have no idea if that is normal, or totally strange.  Any thoughts?
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Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

serves 2

Ingredients:
-Two 4-6oz salmon fillets
-1 cedar plank, prepared (please follow the directions for your specific plank!)
-1/4cu brown sugar
-1tbsp olive oil
-1/2tbsp dried Italian seasoning
-3/4tsp smoked paprika
-sprinkle of kosher salt

Directions:
-Prepare plank according to plank package instructions
-Preheat a gas grill to medium
-Combine brown sugar, olive oil, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika and Kosher salt in a small bowl, then rub the mixture on the salmon (opposite skin-side)
-Place the prepared salmon onto the cedar plank, skin-side down
-Grill for about 10 minutes, or until salmon is cooked and flaky (you can Google cooking time instructions for various sizes of salmon – the amount and thick-ness I used called for about 10 minutes).
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Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes

serves 2

Ingredients:
-4-5 red potatoes (depends on size, of course)
-1/4tsp dill
-1/4tsp garlic powder
-pinch of paprika
-1-2 grinds of seal salt and pepper
-1tsp olive oil

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees
-Cut each potato into wedges and let sit in a bowl of water (this can be done as early as overnight, or as late as 5-10 minutes before)
-Combine the dill, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl, toss the potatoes with the olive oil and then the seasoning mix
-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, lightly spray with cooking spray, and spread the potatoes in one layer on top.
-Bake 30 minutes or until edges are a golden brown, tossing a few times during cooking.

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