Salmon, Spinach and Cheese en Croûte

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Salmon with Spinach and Cheese en Croûte is not only delicious and a great presentation but super easy to make.

 

This dish will impress anyone at your table! Serve warm for a special dinner and cold for lunch the next day. With the salmon, cheese and spinach, it’s an entire meal in one. The salmon is delicate, the cheese creamy and the spinach nice and garlicy.

 

Should you like a more substantial spread, I’ve included links to soup, salad and dessert to complement the salmon. Use any part or all the menu. It’s a winner.

Recipe is below.

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Salmon, Spinach and Cheese en Croûte

Serves 6 as a main course, 8-10 as an appetizer

 

1 sheet frozen Puff Pastry

3/4 pound salmon, skin removed

1 teaspoon melted butter

 

Filling:

4 green onions, green included, minced

1 garlic clove, minced

4 ounces chopped spinach, if frozen, defrosted,
   if fresh steamed and both well drained

1/2 cup (4 ounces) Allouette or Boursin cheese

 

Egg Wash

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

 

  1. Defrost puff pastry.

  2. Remove skin from salmon. Pat totally dry.

  3. In a small bowl, mix green onions, garlic and spinach. Set aside.

  4. Preheat oven to 400 F.

  5. Roll out puff pastry to 10” x 12”.  Adjust size of pastry to fit the size of the salmon fillet. Brush top of pastry with melted butter. Place salmon on top, the skin side on pastry.

  6. Spoon cheese on top, smoothing gently with spoon or fork. Spread spinach mixture on top, patting to make it even.

  7. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut diagonal slits, 1/2" inch apart on either side of the salmon. Fold the strips alternately on top of the salmon and spinach mixture. Fold edges on end and pinch to seal. Brush with egg wash.

  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Remove and cool for 10 minutes before serving. You may serve warm or room temperature. Refrigerate if you will not serve within a half an hour.

 

Expandthetable suggestions

Dairy Free: Use non-dairy margarine in place of butter. Use non-dairy cheese spread or make a non-dairy white sauce combined with the spinach mixture instead.

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Martin Elsant was intrigued, and in his historical novel, Acts of Faith, created his own theory. Like Houdini in Martin’s view, Diego was a very successful escape artist. Now I was intrigued.

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