Saturday, 29 September 2012

Salmon Gratin

Serves 2-4
Takes around 30 mins
  • Salmon pieces (boned & skinned)
  • 200g ricotta
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • Huge bunch of baby spinach leaves OR silverbeet, leaves trimmed off stalk and roughly chopped up
  • Finely grated zest & juice of 1 lemon
  • Handful of pine nuts
  • 6 tomatoes (quartered) or 12 cherry tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 200oC.
  2. Place salmon in the base of an ovenproof dish.Season with freshly cracked pepper.
  3. Layer spinach over the salmon. Really pack it in as it will reduce down.
  4. Place ricotta, pesto, lemon zest & juice in a bowl & mix. Season with freshly cracked pepper. Spoon mixture over spinach.
  5. Arrange tomatoes on top and sprinkle with pine nuts & some more freshly cracked pepper.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

(Adapted from Next Magazine, Oct 2011) 

Spinach Pizza

  • 2 large bunches of spinach (or silverbeet, I still can't eat silverbeet - bad childhood memories)
  • 2 small red onions (or 1 large)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • tomato paste or puree or passata
  • Pizza base: I use whatever I have on hand i.e pita bread cut in two; Turkish bread; make your own or buy from shop - this works well with thin base 
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Cheese of your choice: ricotta, mozzarella, blue cheese for example
  1. Heat a glug (or 1 tbsp) olive oil in pan over a low-medium heat.
  2. While that's heating up, slice onion and crush garlic.
  3. Saute over a low heat until onion is soft. I sometimes throw a knob of butter in (love that smell of onions & garlic cooking).
  4. Wash spinach and chop roughly. I remove any thick stalks if not using baby spinach. Add to onions & garlic mixture in handfuls. Once one handful has wilted add the next.
  5. Depending on how much spinach you are using - and I like to use as much as possible - this process can take around 30 minutes.
  6. Keep the temperature low as you want to caramelize the mixture.
  7. Toast pine nuts in a saucepan over low heat until golden.
  8. Prepare pizza bases (halve pita bread if using) and cover with tomato paste & freshly ground pepper.
  9. Spread spinach mixture over bases then cover with cheese of choice & sprinkle over nuts
  10. Bake for around 10-15 minutes in an oven that's been pre-heated to 180oC until cheese melts & base is golden. Enjoy!