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Stuffed Fish with Nuts and Spinach

Simple flounder fillets are elevated to elegance in this easy spinach and cream stuffed casserole. SERVES 4


2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup heavy cream

2 peeled garlic cloves, finely minced

1 pound flounder fillets at least 3 1/2 inches wide and 6 inches long

1/4 teaspoon celery salt

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup pine nuts

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

16 ounce package fresh spinach, stemmed and washed


Preheat the oven to 425F.
Cook the spinach in a pot, with a cover with no additional water, until it is wilted. Drain in a colander and squeeze out most of the water. Set aside.

Toast pine nuts over medium heat until they begin to brown. Pour 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in the pot used to wilt the spinach and add the pine nuts. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil in a small saucepan and cook the minced garlic over medium heat until the garlic begins to soften; do not let it brown. Lower the heat and slowly pour in the cream and cook the sauce covered for 3 minutes. Uncover and add salt to taste.

Stir in the spinach, salt, celery salt and 2 tablespoons heavy cream. Mix well. Transfer the mixture to a bowl to cool slightly.Divide and spread the spinach filling on each of the flounder fillets.

Brush 1 tablespoon of the remaining olive oil in a 9 x 10 or 12-inch baking dish. Roll each up like a jelly roll and place in the baking dish. (You may use toothpicks to help keep the fish firmly rolled up. Remember to remove them before serving.) Salt and pepper the fillets and bake for 10-12 minutes or just until the fish flakes easily with a fork. When the fish are cooked, remove the dish from the oven and tent it with foil to keep warm.Serve the fish with some of the sauce poured over the top.

Garnish with sorrel or spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes for color or a lemon, orange or lime slice.


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