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Monday, January 12, 2009

Salmon Lasagna with Cheese Sauce

We made this lasagna recipe. I love it and my wife said it was fishy so I'll let you decide.

This recipe was found at - Salmon Lasagna W/Cheese Sauce.

4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons white flour
2 1/2 cups milk (I used organic skim)
6-8 ounces gruyere cheese, grated or shredded
6-8 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
granulated garlic
onion powder
12 ounces salmon fillets, no bones, remove skin and slice into 1/4 in. strips
14 sheets no-boil lasagna noodles (I used Barilla)
2-3 cups green zucchini, thinly sliced (3 small)
2 cups onions, thinly sliced (2 medium)
1 (15 ounce) can tomatoes, petite diced
8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, grated

1. Saute~ the onions in a small pat of butter (not listed in ingredients, could instead be oil) until translucent. I added about 1 T crushed garlic about 2/3 through cooking. Put into a bowl.
2. Saute~ the zucchini in the same pan; could use a pat of butter or oil. Cook until soft. Put into a bowl.
3. Make a roux: Melt the 4 T butter in a sauce pan on low/medium heat. Once it's bubbling, slowly add the flour, using a whisk to incorporate the flour after each tablespoon. Allow the roux to brown, stirring occasionally and making sure not to burn it.
4. Add milk slowly - it will look initially wrong but once all the milk is in it will smooth out. Continue to whisk to incorporate. Let mix come to a slow bubbling.
5. Add gruyere and ricotta in a few steps, stirring to melt and incorporate. Allow cheese sauce to come back to bubbling after each addition. Add garlic and onion to taste. Take off burner and put near other ingredients. (I used 2 measured c of milk, then added a bit more, so it could be up to 3 c milk total to make it a saucier consistency.).
6. Layering: In a 13X9 pan, put a little cheese sauce and 1/3 c of diced tomatoes, mixing them and coating the bottom of the pan. Put down a layer of noodles, then ~6 oz diced tomatoes, onions to lightly cover the layer, then zucchini to cover the onion (about half of each). Lay down the salmon strips to cover the layer - all the salmon.
7 Stir the cheese sauce to incorporate any skin that might have formed, then put ~1.5-2 c sauce over fish to cover. Layer noodles, then the rest of the tomatoes, rest of the onion, rest of the zucchini, ~1.5-2 c cheese sauce. Layer noodles, cover with the rest of the cheese sauce, then add a layer of mozzarella to cover.
8. Bake 1 hr at 350°F Let cool before cutting: 5 long X 3 short. Enjoy thoroughly!

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