Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Seabass and Artichoke Lasagna

Seabass and Artichoke Lasagna


(Fish Stock)

1 medium white onion

1 stalk of celery

1 medium carrot

1 clove of garlic

1 pinch salt.

2 sea bass


2 ½ tablespoons of butter

2 1/2 tbsp of flour

4 1/4 c fish stock

2 pinches of salt


3 eggs

10.5 ozs four

2 artichokes

Butter for greasing the pan

1 tbsp Thyme

Olive Oil for garnish


To make the fish stock you can buy a fish and debone it or you can ask your local super market and ask for fish bones. They probably will be willing to give them to you. If you choose to make it then debone your fish. Add the bones to 1/8 c of olive oil and one clove of garlic. Then add the onion, celery and garlic to the pan to sautee for a few minutes. Next add 2 cups of cold water and 2 pinches of salt. You need enough cold water to completely cover the ingredients so add more cold water if needed. Simmer for 20 minutes. Then drain the stock and and save for the later step.

Prepare Besciamella Sauce: melt 2 ½ ounces of butter, then add 2 ½ ounces of flour. Stir for a couple of minutes then and 4 ¼ cups of fish stock and 2 pinches of salt. Stir until the besciamella is thick.

Remove outer layers of the artichoke until you arrive at the white part of the artichoke then cut the tip. With a tool, remove the "chokey" part. Place the artichokes in a pan and cook with oil and garlic for one minute. Add 1/3 c water and a pinch of salt. Cover the pan and steam for 20 minutes or so. Until you can insert the tip of the knife into the artichoke easily. Remove the artichokes and chop finely then let cool. Add the artichokes, artichoke water, seabass and thyme to besciamella and stir.

Pour flour on working surface and make a fountain with a hole in the middle of the flour. Break the eggs into the middle of the fountain. Gently beat the eggs inside to absorb the flour. While beating the eggs, add a little flour at a time with the tip of the fork. When all the flour is mixed and you have a dough consistency, knead the dough by pressing and folding gently with your hands. Now, work the dough with palm of your hands – holding with the left hand and pressing with the right, then fold the dough over and turn. Repeatthis process for 5 minutes. Let the ball of dough sit for 30 minutes in the fridge. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin into a long rectangular shape, careful not to roll to wide for the pasta machine. If you do not have a pasta machine, continue to roll with the rolling pin until you reach the desired thickness. Don’t rush the process in the pasta machine – start on the thicker pasta setting and put the dough through the machine numerous times (changing the setting each pass), patiently reaching the desired thickness. Each time you will need to sprinkle flour on the pasta to keep it from sticking to the machine. Cut the dough into long rectangular pieces. Places the rectangular pasta pieces in boiling water for 30 seconds then immediately remove one by one and place in a tub of cold water and a little bit of oil.

In a greased (butter) baking dish, begin with a layer of pasta then add a layer of the lasagna filling. Continue layering until you reach the top of the baking dish. Cook in the oven at 480°F for 30 minutes. It is best to let it cool for one hour then serve because the pasta may fall apart otherwise. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.

After 4 months of training, these soldiers are celebrating their first official day.

I went to a gallery of actors, great photos! See below...

Gina Lollobrigida

Kim Novak

Rita Hayworth
Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina and Federico Fellini
Humphrey Bogart
Marlon Brando
Robert Mitchum
Audrey Hepburn
Gina Lollobrigida
Felini and Ingrid Bergman
John Wayne, Rossano Brassi and Sophia Loren
Anthony Perkins
Esther Williams
Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd
Louis Armstrong
Charleton Heston and Stephen Boyd
Cary Grant and Sophia Loren
Angie Dickinson
Bing Crosby
Jayne Mansfield and Miklos Hargitay
Jack Lemon and Felicia Farr
Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood
Ingrid Bergman
James Stewart
Alfred Hitchcock
Gary Cooper
Joan Collins
Rita Hayworth
Joan Crawford
Clark Gable
Gregory Peck
Henry Fonda
Rossano Brazzi, Ella Fitzgerald and Elsa Martinelli
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Ciao friends! See you next Fabiolous Tuesday...

1 comment:

  1. Great gallery of photos, I love the one with Ella Fitzgerald :) And this lasagna, wow! I must try this :)