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Creamy Salmon & Tarragon Lasagna
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9 October 2009

Creamy Salmon & Tarragon Lasagna

Summer Lasagna

I make this lasagna a lot and it’s always a huge hit. It puts a sparkle in peoples eyes. It casts a spell. You can get them to do anything just make sure you make enough for seconds. Now, before my beloved Italian friends raise hell, I know this has nothing to do with a traditional Italian Lasagna. Primarily because it calls  for mascarpone or ricotta and does not include a bechamel  or ragu sauce. It might make some Italians cringe like I cringe when I see someone making tabouleh out of couscous and even worse, with only a sprinkling of parsley! That’s called couscous, not tabouleh. But, that’s a topic for another day.

I use ricotta in the summer, for a lighter, more bikini-friendly version and usually I serve it cold. The lasagna pictured above is ricotta based and was taken in the summer. I’ve had no opportunity to post it till now. Come winter, when I’m drowning under layers of clothing I crave richer, more hearty, soul comforting food and that is where the mascarpone comes in.

Creamy Salmon & Tarragon Lasagna
 
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Ingredients
  • 800g salmon
  • 235g  fresh spinach, preferably (or thawed and well drained)
  • Small leek (or 100g), sliced to fine rings
  • 4 white cap mushrooms (or 160g), finely sliced
  • 400g mozzarella- 100g shredded for top layer
  • 500g mascarpone
  • 300g fresh lasagna sheets, they are great as they don’t require pre-cooking (about 12 sheets)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 15g fresh tarragon
  • 8 gloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 12×8 in deep pan

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325F/160C/3G. Lather salmon with a tablespoon of olive oil and the garlic. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  2. Flake the salmon. Remove skins.
  3. Sautee the leeks for a minute and then add the mushrooms. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes. Take of heat and strain to remove the extra juices.
  4. Add all the cheese, tarragon and milk  in a deep bowl and puree with a hand blender.
  5. Spread a couple of tablespoons onto the bottom of the baking dish.
  6. Add the lasagna sheets. Make sure they overlap each other. I used 4 sheets on each layer.
  7. Cover the layer with cheese sauce again, about 2-3 tablespoons.
  8. Layer with half the flaked salmon.
  9. Now half the mushrooms and leeks.
  10. Add half the spinach.
  11. Repeat lasagna layering.
  12. Cover with about ½ cup of the sauce. Repeat layering with remaining salmon, spinach, mushrooms and leeks and then lasagna sheets.
  13. Cover with remaining cheese sauce and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes at 325F/160C/3G.

 

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21 thoughts on “Creamy Salmon & Tarragon Lasagna

  1. this is one of my favorite dishes but i always get commercial prepackaged. anyways its on the top of my to do list now!

  2. It’s getting closer to summer down here but it still feels damn cold…could do with a big serving of salmon lasagne to warm up the nerve endings. Looks deliciously warm 😀

  3. hi beth i loved what you made to show us what you can make.You are the best cook i have every seen put on a nice website called dirtykitchensecets.com the best.and i can’t to see the next thing that you make.bye bye

  4. Wow, I just made this. I got your recipe off of Twitter, I am “aupaw.” My normal way of approaching recipes from the internet is to make it exactly how the writer says and then tweek it from there. I had to convert the measurements because I am in the US, but seriously….I would not change a thing. Yum, it is the new go to guest dish. I made it with mascarpone, I will try ricotta next time. I would say more..but I am too busy eating it.

  5. That looks amazing! I’ve never cooked with fresh tarragon, and I don’t think I would have thought to use salmon in lasagna. I will definitely have to try this sometime.

  6. This looks absolutely delicious… I’m in the process of making it but I’ve already screwed up. Couldn’t find fresh tarragon for starters so had to make do with the crappy dry kind.. and I think my dish wasn’t deep enough. Actually, I know it wasn’t deep enough cos all the cheese started spilling out….. and right now, as I type, my whole house is filled with smoke cos the cheese fell into the fire!

    Hubby is giving me dirty looks.

    Let’s hope the taste makes up for the mess I’ve made!!!!

  7. Tried this last night & its an absolute treat – Will def. make again! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! Had guests over and they loved it & took the leftovers home after we all had seconds!

    I did some alterations:
    – Did not cook the salmon beforehand, just sliced it and mixed it in a bit of olive oil & minced garlic. This was because i had crazy fresh salmon & normally feel bad if its cook too much… given the lasagne is baked ~45 mins my only fear was it would make the lasagna too wet! But it didnt!!

    – The spinich i poured some boiling water on top in a colander & then squeezed out the excess water. This was my blind hope to offset the water from the fresh salmon.

    – I had 2 elderly, so i used half low fat ricotta & half mascarpone, only in attemp to reduce sugar.

    other than that, per the portions & instructions and flavours were great! was not heavy at all & well balaced.

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