Out of all the things that I make, DapperDan's favorite is fish. He and I envision meat recipes very differently. I adore marinading my steak before cooking it, whereas DapperDan doesn't even really want salt or pepper near his steak. He likes it as is! He'll still eat what I prepare, of course, mostly because I make him sit at the table until he finishes everything on his plate. Okay, so I'm kidding about that last part. But I am completely serious about our differences about steak.. oh, and also about pork. I cannot imagine eating a pork chop without baked apples, whereas DapperDan can't abide them.
We have our differences in all things except for fish. Ah, now with fish, we are on the same page. This is how we make our marriage work. Alright, so I'm not serious about that part either..
Continuing on... Salmon Florentine! I swear I am trying to get to the point!
When DapperDan sees that I'm cooking dinner, he'll often ask what it is that I'm making. Now, when I say that it is something meat related, I always get a follow-up question as to how I am preparing it, which I usually when I try my best to chameleonize myself and blend into the kitchen, dodging the question. Okay, so that's not anatomically possible. But, I usually say "none of your business nosey-pants" and he walks away. Shew. Close one. However, when it's fish, I never get the follow-up questioning! I have earned his trust in this department. And I really had to earn it. Sheesh.
After I cooked this Salmon Florentine, DapperDan and I reminisced about the first meal I cooked for us after we returned from our honeymoon. It was Salmon! What point am I getting to? He was able to remember the first thing I cooked for us as a little-newlywed-lady-person. Henceforth, Salmon will be my go-to dish.
Sweet, thanks for rambling, woman... What does this have to do with you? It means that perhaps it should be a go-to dish for you, too! I mean, heck, if I can do it, third graders can do it.
This recipe? A keeper.
Adapted from: Self Magazine
Yields: 2 servings
2 salmon fillets
10 oz. fresh spinach, rinsed
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup vidalia onion, chopped
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
Salt and pepper
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Salt and pepper your salmon and place on top of a greased baking sheet.
2. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
3. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute or so.
4. Add spinach, tomatoes, and season with some salt, pepper, and cayenne and cook for about another 2 to 3 minutes. After cooked, remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes.
5. After the spinach mixture has cooled, add the Greek yogurt and cheese, stirring well to combine.
6. Place about 1/2 cup of spinach mixture on top of the salmon. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
7. Serve immediately and enjoy!