Firsts together in a relationship are always memorable and sometimes a little stressful. (Remember the first time I cooked for BF?) After being treated to dinner at one of the premier restaurants in town for my birthday, I needed to take good care of BF for his! When I asked what he wanted to do, I was asked to make dinner. “Anything you want to make.” No pressure! We generally eat pretty healthy so I tried to find a way to keep it healthy and kick things up a bit. Thanks to Mary’s suggestion, I ended up finding a great idea in the lovely book “In the Royal Manner” by Paul Burrell. I chose Baked Sea Bass in Filo with Julienne Vegetables. Seriously DELICIOUS! It is such a nice way to put a twist on our usual baked salmon. It is festive and relatively easy and something that will be sticking around in the future. Try it out; you won’t be disappointed!
Baked Sea Bass in Filo with Veggies
Inspired by “In the Royal Manner”
3-4 T Butter
Several Handfuls of Fresh Spinach
2 Sheets Filo Pastry
2 5-Oz Portions of Skinless Sea Bass Filet Steaks
3 Carrots (varied colors if available)
1 Small Leek
1 Clove Garlic
Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. Julienne or shred the vegetables to equal sizes. Heat a frying pan to medium heat and sauté chopped garlic and a bit of leek until softened. Add washed spinach to the pan and cover for about 3 minutes until wilted but still bright green. Remove from heat, squeeze some lemon over, top with salt and pepper, and allow to cool.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Spread filo out on workspace and brush with melted butter. Fold the sheet over on itself and brush again.
Place fish in the middle of the sheet and top with spinach.
Carefully fold the opposite corners of the filo up around the fish. Gently press to seal and brush with butter.
Repeat with the second piece of fish. Place the fish in the oven and allow to bake 20-25 minutes until golden and baked through.
About 5 minutes prior to the fish being done, heat remaining tablespoon of butter and sauté the vegetables until tender.
Divide the vegetables on two plates and top with the fish. Serve and enjoy!
Note: We did serve with brown rice, though you may not need it.
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Love.