Sunday, October 28, 2012

baked salmon stuffed with mascarpone spinach




My daughter Kelly came to visit a couple weekends ago.  She signed up and ran a half marathon while here, training for the Marine Corps Marathon, in Washington, D.C., which started early this morning.  This will be her first full marathon {26.2 miles}, and as I write this, she's running throughout the streets of D.C.!  I'm dying to know how she's doing! One of her best friends, Kristen, a sorority sister from college, is running the marathon with her.  Kelly's plan, before turning 27 in December, was to run a full marathon, and she is about to achieve her goal!  By the time this post hits my blog today, she will have finished the race, I will be relieved, proud, and ecstatic for her!  We will then begin bracing for the history making storm heading this way later tonight.

I love creating Kelly's favorite foods when she comes by, so decided I would buy some fresh salmon,  one of her favorites, and try a new recipe I had bookmarked several months ago.  I went by Wegman's which has a lovely fresh seafood department, and picked out three beautiful medium red fleshed, wild Pacific Coho Salmon fillets. While all five species of Wild Pacific Salmon have great flavor, Alaskan Coho's wonderful taste and delicate texture, is ranked among the three most popular to eat, along with Chinook and Sockeye.






The baked salmon, stuffed with creamy mascarpone spinach was perfection!  The breading was incredible with the fresh processed crusty French baguette breadcrumbs, and freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano.  There are recipes from time to time that I change after creating the first time, but I would not change one thing about this recipe.  This is an outstanding dinner party entree and can be prepped and prepared ahead, so lends itself to a large group.  It's just as easily cut in half, as I did.  The leftovers heated up perfectly, and the flavor was just as exceptional two days later.

To complete the meal, I'll feature Kelly's favorite dessert I created - a simple, yet scrumptious Honey Crisp Apple Crisp in my next post.

Until next time…mangia!  xox

Carol

Marathon Update:  Just before posting my baked salmon recipe, Kelly called elated, "I did it, I did it!!!"  That's my girl!






Baked Salmon Stuffed with Mascarpone Spinach
Recipe adapted from Epicurious.
Serves 8 (recipe can easily be cut in half)

Ingredients:

1 10 ounce size bag of fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (4 ounces) mascarpone, at room temperature
pinch of ground nutmeg
8 6-8 ounce salmon fillets with skin (each about 1 inch thick)
extra virgin olive oil
2-2/3 cups fresh french baguette breadcrumbs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
salt and ground pepper to taste
fresh herbs or lemon slices for garnish, if desired

Create the Baked Stuffed Salmon:

1) Cook spinach in large pot of boiling water just until wilted, about 30 seconds.  Drain; rinse with cold water. Squeeze spinach dry, then finely chop.  Place in a small bowl.  Mix in cream cheese, mascarpone, and ground nutmeg.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Cut one 3/4-inch-deep, 2 1/2-inch-long slit down center of top side of each salmon fillet, forming a pocket for spinach mixture.  Fill each slit with spinach mixture, dividing equally among salmon fillets.  This step can be made up to 4 hours ahead.  Cover and refrigerate.

2) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Brush rimmed baking sheet lightly with olive oil.  Sprinkle salmon fillets with salt and pepper to taste.  Mix breadcrumbs, melted butter, and parmigiano-reggiano in medium bowl.  Top each salmon fillet with breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere.  If desired, grind some fresh pepper over top of breadcrumbs.  Place salmon fillets, skin side down, on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake salmon until opaque in center and mascarpone spinach stuffing is hot - depending on fillet size, about 12 - 15 minutes.  If breadcrumbs start to brown too much after the first 10 - 12 minutes, place a piece of aluminum foil loosely over the top of them.

3) Transfer to serving plates, garnish if you wish with a fresh herb or lemon, and mangia!!!




46 comments:

  1. This looks unbelievably delicious! Good luck to your daughter!! Hopefully the weather held up.

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  2. Just three words - yum and yum! And a huge congrats to Kelly. Trish

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  3. Looks just perfect.... Maybe I should send Tom to the store before the rain comes? Give Kelly a high-five for me! Great job-- and no school tomorrow so she'll get to recover :-)

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  4. First of all, you have a 27-y.o.???

    Secondly, this salmon is amazing! I'm always looking for new ways to cook salmon and just when I thought I'm about to give up and abandon this fish, this wonderful recipe came along! Definitely mangia-worthy!

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  5. Major congrats to your daughter! I have a few friends who did Marine Corps and it sounds like it was a great race!! This salmon looks like the perfect post-race meal!

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  6. I have become a big fan recently of salmon, but never cooked it myself. I just may have to try this and hope the man of the house likes it.
    Pats on the back for Kelly. When are you going to do that kind of run? Only kidding.

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    1. Thanks, Mom! I think Dad would love this, and it's very easy to make. Give it a try! xox

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  7. Carol, congrats to Kelly - such an accomplishment! And this salmon recipe looks amazing! I have yet to buy my first container of mascarpone, but I'm planning to soon and will try out a number of your beautiful recipes! And CONGRATS on the recent article in the Maine paper about your pumpkin cookies! You have such a legacy of handed-down recipes. A wonderful thing...

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    1. Thanks, Jeannie! Judith, from the MaineUSA website sent me an email and asked if she could feature the cookies. I was so surprised and honored! You must try something, anything, with mascarpone. If I were you, since I know the type of baking you do, I would try the chocolate mascarpone buttercream from my earlier cupcake post on one of your beautiful cakes! xox

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  8. Congratulations on Kelly's marathon! This is one gorgeous piece of baked stuffed salmon ;-) Stay safe and dry;-)

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    1. Thanks, Patty! Thank goodness I made it through. Once daylight comes, I'll check for any damage.

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  9. Congrats to Kelly for her marathon! And this salmon - looks amazing! I can see why this is her favorite!

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  10. Fantastic recipe, salmon is one of my favorite fishes to eat. I am going to put this on the list of things to try for sure. Congrats to your daughter for finishing the marathon!

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    1. Thanks so much, Suzanne! I think you'll enjoy the salmon!

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  11. This salmon dish looks incredible! Congratulations to Kelly!

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    1. Thanks, Jen!!! Kelly's a teacher, so was very happy not to have school due to Sandy yesterday. She admitted her legs were a bit sore! :)

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  12. This looks delicious! It's definitely a great change-up for salmon.

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  13. A great recipe to welcome your daughter after her incredible marathon! Just beautiful pics Carol. Have a great week!

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  14. What a perfect recipe! I love baked salmon and the combination you put together is perfect. Happy Halloween!!!

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  15. Congrats to your daughter! I have only ever done a 1/2 marathon. Maybe someday I will do a full....

    What a great salmon dish for her when she is home! Love when my mom cooks my favorites when I visit.

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  16. I love this recipe! My bf does not eat fish that looks like fish, so this would be a great way to disguise salmon :-). And delicious too! So glad I found your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you did too! I bet your boyfriend will enjoy this - doesn't taste or look fishy at all! :)

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  17. Your salmon looks heavenly, I love the parmesan crust. Mangia mangia! :)

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  18. Wow, how awesome is this salmon???? Pinning!!!!

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  19. I love this. I serve a lot of salmon in my house but I tend to prepare it the same way. I love your variation. :)

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  20. What a beautiful way to prepare salmon...gorgeous recipe! And congratulations to your daughter, what a wonderful goal! Hope you did well with the storm.

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    1. Thanks so much, Alisha! Kelly thanks you too! :) I did fine in the storm, thank goodness. It's horrific in NJ and NYC. :( Thank you for asking!

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  21. This looks like the best dinner ever! I adore this crispy topping and well anything with a crispy topping can entice me. I adore spinach as well so this is definitely a hit!

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment, and thank you also for stopping by acom! Hope you'll have the opportunity to try the salmon - it's delicious!

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  22. I often make a version of this dish at home. I love your addition of spinach and the cheeses!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! The spinach and mascarpone definitely add something extra special to the salmon, you're so right!

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  23. Thank you for this yumminess! My stubborn five year old even admitted it was great, even though I could only get him to do two bites (baby steps, but huge improvement for him).

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    1. That just put a big smile on my face, Amanda! That is a huge accomplishment for a five year old! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment on the stuffed salmon! I'm so glad you tried it and enjoyed it! xox

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol