This sauce is fantastic! All the earthy flavor of mushrooms and rich as well! I chose to put it over salmon and mussels since I was in the mood for both and it was a great pairing. It also goes well over chicken, so if you had extra sauce like I did, I saved it, warmed it up, grilled chicken and poured it over the chicken – see Grilled Chicken with a Mixed Mushroom Sauce. What a great way to have another meal not to mention super easy since the sauce was already done! The purpose of using dried mushrooms is to thicken the sauce and incorporate the rich bold flavor of the reserved liquid, which I like to call liquid gold. Even though this is a meal by itself you can choose to make Crostini to scoop up the wonderful sauce! See Chatty Advice below for instructions on selecting mussels, proper storage and when to discard them. Serves 2 with leftover sauce or will serve 4 by making 4 filets and double the ingredient amounts for mussels.
To cook the salmon you can choose to broil like I did because it was easy to pop into the oven while I made the sauce and was done by the time sauce was, grill or pan fry. If you are grilling or pan frying it will take extra effort on your part. If broiling place salmon on a baking sheet coated with Pam or line with foil. Broil on top rack on high. Depending on your oven it should take about 10 minutes. I like my salmon medium to done so I take it out at the medium stage and cover because of the carry over cooking time. This should result in a very moist salmon. To see if it is medium I gently open the middle with a spatula. The center not top should look a bit tad bit raw still. If choosing to grill preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high heat, add salmon and cover. If using a grill pan use one of your pot lids to cover. Grill for about 10 minutes and us the same technique mentioned above to check for doneness. Remove from grill or grill pan, cover and set aside. If choosing to pan fry, add olive oil to a skillet and cook over medium high heat covered for about 10 minutes. Again use the same technique above to check for doneness.