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Fillet of Sole Stuffed with Spinach

In Fish, Recipes, Seafood on May 21, 2017 at 12:13 PM

Fillet of Sole Stuffed with Spinach

Serves 2  – Preparation Time: Active – 10 Minutes; Cooking – 12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 Fillets of Grey or Lemon Sole, about 14oz. total
  • 5 oz. fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1 large shallot minced, about 2 tbsp.
  • 2 tbsp. Pignoli (pine) Nuts
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 pats of butter
  • Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Dry White Wine

Procedure:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place fillets on a flat surface, grey side up, with narrow end facing away from you.
  3. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add shallots and sauté for about 1 minute, stirring continuously.
  4. Add spinach and sauté until wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Lower heat and add pine nuts, stir for another 1 minute or so.
  6. Remove spinach mixture to a small bowl, stir-in nutmeg and let cool.
  7. Add mixture to a food processor and pulse chop for 6-8 brief pulses.
  8. Starting about 1 inch from the broad end, spread the spinach mixture along the length of each fillet.
  9. Carefully roll up the fillets away from you, and gently place them on a greased roasting pan, with seam side down.
  10. Place one pat of butter on each fillet and sprinkle liberally with paprika.
  11. Place pan in top 1/3 of oven and roast for 10-12 minutes.
  12. After about 8 minutes pour wine over fish.

Transfer 2 fillets to each plate, add Roasted Vegetables and serve immediately

Uncle Fred’s Homemade Pesto Sauce

In Pasta, Recipes, Sauces on October 23, 2011 at 6:06 PM

(Makes about 2 cups of sauce)

Ingredients:

4 cups of basil leaves (stems discarded) packed tightly
5 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely, about 1/3 cup
1 cup pignoli nuts
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for preserving
¼ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Preparation:

1.    Place chopped garlic and pine nuts in a food processor.
2.    Add the basil leaves and pulse-chop the ingredients, pausing after 10 pulses or so to push down the basil leaves with a spatula. Continue pulsing until all of the basil is chopped.
3.    Slowly add the olive oil while running the food processor.
4.    Scrape all of the ingredients from the sides with a spatula.
5.    Slowly add the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and give it one or two quick pulses.
6.    Transfer the pesto sauce to a clean, pint-sized jar. When the pesto settles, slowly top it off with about ¼ inch of olive oil, which acts as a preservative air barrier and prevents the pesto from being exposed to air, turning brown and going bad. In this state it can be refrigerated for several weeks.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

Angel Hair Pasta (Capellini) with Pesto Sauce

Capellini (Angel Hair Pasta)
•    1 cup of pesto sauce
•    1 lb. of Capellini
•    Cook pasta according to directions.
•    When pasta is cooked and before draining, remove 1 cup of pasta water, add it to a large bowl, drain and add pasta to the bowl and toss, add pesto sauce and mix well.
•    Serve with freshly grated Parmigiano – Reggiano.

Insalata de Ceci

Pollo con Pesto

Roasted Halibut with Tomato and Pesto

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