Servings: Makes 6 servings
To poach salmon, bring 2 cups water, wine, lemon quarters, bay leaves and peppercorns to a boil over high heat in a 12-inch skillet. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add salmon and cover; cook 7 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Transfer salmon to a platter using 2 wide spatulas, and let cool to room temperature. Chill, covered, at least 2 hours but no more than overnight.
Meanwhile, in a food processor, puree 2 figs with cranberry juice. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in sour cream, dill, salt and pepper. Chill, covered, until ready to serve. Adjust salt to taste.
Just before serving, halve 4 figs lengthwise. Using a serrated knife, cut salmon into 4 pieces. Serve salmon with sauce. Garnish with fig slices, lemon wedges and dill sprigs.
From the September 2004 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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