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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Baked Swai Florentine

After several requests from my husband to make Creamed Spinach, I finally found a way to incorporate the spinach into a main dish, while keeping the creamy texture intact.

I had never made creamed spinach before now and my only memory of the dish was when I ordered it in a restaurant years ago.  The texture was too pasty and the flavor was bland from lack of seasonings, except for an overabundance of onion...way too much onion.  So from those thoughts I knew how I did and did not want the dish to taste, and that I wanted to include fish, too.  A lightly seasoned sauce, with a creamy texture that would not hide the flavor of the fish.  I think we came up with a great combination.

For this dish you will want to make sure all of the water is squeezed out of the spinach, which is a bit messy, but you can use a colander to make it easier.  Just use a large spoon to press the water out of the spinach.  Removing as much water as possible will keep the sauce from separating and being too thin.  Enjoy!!

1 1/2 lbs Frozen Chopped Spinach, defrosted and fully drained
1/4  Butter
1 1/2 TB  Flour
1/2 tsp  Salt
1/4 tsp  Black Pepper
1 1/2 cups  Milk
1/2 cup  Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup  Panko Breadcrumbs, for topping
1/4 cup  Parmesan Cheese, for topping
5 - 6 Swai Fillets, about 1-3/4 lbs, fully defrosted and patted dry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the defrosted spinach in a baking dish, spread in an even layer and set aside.

In a medium saucepan melt the butter and blend in the flour, salt and pepper.  Add the milk and cook until slightly thickened, stirring constantly.  Add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and continue heating until the cheese has melted.  Carefully pour 2/3 of the sauce over the spinach and set the pan aside.

Place the fish fillets on top of the spinach and sauce, gently pushing the fillets into the spinach.  Pour the remaining sauce over the fish, and sprinkle the tops of the fillets evenly with panko crumbs and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the fillets are cooked through and easily flake with a fork.  Return the fish to the oven, turn heat to the BROIL setting and cook for 3-4 minutes until the panko crumbs just begin to crisp.

Click here for more information on Swai Fish.

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