Saturday, October 13, 2012

Spinach Pesto Salmon

It isn't a 'pretty' sauce;)
This recipe we first made years ago.  Like ten years ago!  It was originally from Eating Well or Cooking Light or one of the healthy food magazines.  We liked it quite a lot back then and it was one of the only ways we enjoyed salmon.  Needless to say, it was when we weren't as interested in food and didn't have a diverse range of foods we enjoyed.  I think the last time we made this was almost 7 years ago.  Why it seemed to fall out of vogue with us then is a mystery.  I decided to drag it out and try it again. (Now that we have learned more about food)  Sadly, it is not a wow recipe.  It was good, but not great.  That being said, if you want an easy, and fairly fast recipe for salmon this one will fit that bill nicely. Also, since we weren't fans of salmon then, if you aren't a fan now, it may work for you.  Kids do look askance at its vivid green color.   I knew 20 minutes were going to be too much for the thin(ish) wild salmon fillets we had, but I stubbornly clung to the recipe thinking it might be necessary for the sauce.  If you decide to try this, (with the thinner wild salmon fillet)  reduce the cooking time.  I will also concede that my son's dinner last night, a veritable French orgy of pork fat, would have made this light dish seem a little meager on taste.  So, while I can't recommend this wholeheartedly, I also can't put it in the deleted pile or discourage you to make it.  At the very least it is good for you.  I usually serve it with couscous (tonight's seasoned with the spicy garlic butter) and a veggie, but if you eat a lot of the sauce (as I do) you are getting a veggie)

Spinach Pesto Salmon
10 oz bag of spinach
1    -2 bunches of FRESH basil (about ½ a cup)
1 T  olive oil
Garlic cloves to taste
1/4 c  chicken,fish or other stock
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 lb of salmon

1.Preheat oven to 350
2.In a blender puree all ingredients but the salmon until in a pesto
sauce.  Season
3.Pour a little in a baking dish to prevent sticking put salmon in the
dish and top with the rest of the sauce\
4.Bake until fish is done (about 20 minutes)

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