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Fish Fillet Florentine

Type: Cheese, Eggs, Fish
Courses: Main Course, Sauces
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

6   Salmon fillets - or trout
3   Fresh spinach - stemmed and washed
2 tablespoons 30mlButter
1/2 cup 73g / 2.6ozSwiss cheese - shredded, up to 1/3
4 tablespoons 60mlButter
5 tablespoons 75mlFlour
2 cups 474mlHot milk
1/3 cup 78mlCream

Recipe Instructions

To prepare the sauce stir the butter and flour over moderate heat in a 2 quart pan until they foam and froth for 2 minutes without coloring. Off heat, beat in hot milk; simmer, stirring for 2 minutes, then beat in the cream. Season to taste; beat in half the cheese.

To steam the fish, bring 3 inches of slightly salted water to the boil in a roomy pan; for each quart of water add 3 tablespoons of wine vinegar. Steam the fish fillets for 9-10 minutes. Discard broth.

Boil spinach in a large kettle of slightly salted water for 2-3 minutes. Drain, run cold water over the spinach and squeeze dry. Chop with a stainless steel knife. Simmer 3-4 minutes with butter in a covered stainless pot. Season carefully to taste.

To assemble, stir 2/3 cup of sauce into the spinach; spread in a buttered baking dish. Arrange fish on spinach. Spoon remaining sauce over fish; sprinkle on remaining cheese. Bake 1 hour before serving in the upper third of a preheated oven just until bubbling hot and the sauce is lightly brown on top.

Compliment the fillets with a salad of green lettuce, mandarin oranges and slices of red onion, wild rice, French bread and a slice of honey dew melon.

Adapted from a recipe from "Julia Child's Kitchen"

Cooking Light, April 1995, page 56


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