April 19, 2012

Fish Lasagna

This recipe has been sitting in my draft for a very long time and i think its high time i post it for you. I am extremely sorry for the bad photography. I could not take a picture of the layered section either due to lack of time.

Lasagna is a long celebrated Italian dish and is normally made with beef cooked in red sauce and layered with Bechamel sauce. Not many of us have heard of Fish Lasagna or Seafood Lasagna or White Lasagna. I personally have not had it many times. Lasagna is my sure order when i visit an Italian restaurant and i always wondered how it would be to have it with Fish instead. I had a tea party last evening and thought it was the perfect opportunity to serve it. Boy.. am i glad i did! The pie dish was wiped clean in no time :) . Fortunately, i kept aside one small piece for myself to try and it sure tasted outstanding. Next time i would love to try this same recipe with a mix of seafood like prawns and crab. Am sure all the seafood lovers would love that. Go ahead and make this at your next dinner party. Your guests will simply love it!

You will need:
Fish  500 gms
Lasagna Sheets – as required
Garlic chopped – 2 tsp
Ginger chopped – 2 tsp
Green Chillies - 5
Big Onion chopped – 2
Spinach chopped – 1 small bunch
Cream Cheese – 240 gms
Capsicum chopped – 1
Celery chopped – a few sprigs
Flour- 3 tbsp
Milk – 2 cups
Pepper – 3 tsp
Butter – 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Mozzarella Cheese – enough to top the lasagna

Step 1
Cook the fish with garlic, ginger, salt and green chillies in a little water.
Flake the cooked fish and keep aside.

Step 2
Saute half the onions in a little butter. Once it is transparent in colour, add the chopped spinach and sauté for another minute or so until it is just about wilted.
Add the cream cheese and stir until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and remove from fire.Keep aside.

Step 3
Prepare the white sauce by sautéing the remaining onions  and capsicum in the butter until the onions become transparent.
Add the flour and stir for a few seconds.  Add the milk and stir using a wire whisk to get a smooth thick mixture.
Switch off the flame and add the flaked fish, chopped celery and season with salt and pepper.

Step 4
Cook the lasagna sheets according to the package instructions.

Butter a pie dish. Put the first layer of Lasagna Sheets.
Top with fish mixture and cover with lasagna sheets again.
Put a layer of spinach mixture and a layer of lasagna sheet on top of that.
Repeat a layer of fish mixture and finish with lasagna sheets.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 Degrees for about 30 minutes.
Sprinkle the mozzarella and put it back in the oven for a minute or so.
Serve warm with garlic bread and green salad.

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