Stuffed Shells With Smoked Whitefish In A Lemon Béchamel Sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
serves about 6-8 people
1 box of Jumbo Shell noodles (or you can use Cannelloni if
3/4 cup grated parmesan, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves chopped fine
1 pound of smoke whitefish (or any seafood of your choice, crab would be a nice substitute)<
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
6 cups of half and half (warmed)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 tblsp lemon zest


Bring large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes for me was PERFECT. Drain pasta and place each shell on slightly oiled cookie sheet/platter, do not lay on top of eachother, you do not want them to stick.
In large bowl mix together your ricotta cheese, 3/4 cup of parmesan, egg yolk, basil, seafood, lemon zest, salt and pepper (mix well).
Fill your noodles with about a tblspn of filling eachother. Make sure to mold the mixture slightly so it is nice and compact (you do not want it to cook out of the noodles).
Place each shell into a buttered/oiled baking pan (9X13). If using Shell noodles place them so the open edge is facing up. Layer your Béchamel sauce evenly over the shells, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and 1 cup of shredded Mozzarella. Bake until bubbly and the top is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
Béchamel Sauce In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add your minced garlic and lemon zest and let saute' for a couple minutes, do not let it burn.
Add the flour and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Gradually add the warmed half and half (warm the half and half in separate saucepan over low/med heat), whisking constantly until the sauce is thick, smooth, and creamy, about 10 minutes (do not allow the sauce to boil).
Remove from heat, and stir in the salt, pepper, and nutmeg.




Okay soooo last weekend I didn't have a cooking buddy to teach new and exciting culinary techniques to. However I did come up with a recipe that may not be EASY but it was soooo tasty I have to add it to the list. While back home in the GP (thats Grosse Pointe for any of you non-Michiganders, which happens to be right next to D-town, wha wha) for the holidays my dad smoked about 3 lbs (three separate filets) of whitefish. Which just so happens to be my totally favorite thing ever, not kidding nor is it an exaggeration. I am a fan of the finger foods or tapa style dishes, and we ALWAYS have the white fish served on saltine crackers with some capers, red onions, and a delish sauce which is really just half mayo and half GOOD stone ground mustard. Needless to say I ate about an entire filet myself this particular way, lol. However I got to take another untouched filet back to chicago with me, and although I absolutely adore eating the whitefish in the manner just described, I thought how often do I have such a delicacy of fish as an ingredient at my disposal. Thus, I began to agonize over what I should do with it in terms of a recipe, and came up with Stuffed Shells in a lemon Béchamel sauce. Now this particular dish made a ton of food, and was sooo decadent I could only eat two shells. Essentially you make a filling of whipped ricotta cheese, fresh basil, parmesan, lemon zest, and the fish. You then stuff it into the jumbo shell noodles, top it with your cream sauce, and then add more parmesan and some shredded mozzarella, and bake till ooey gooey and slightly browned on top. But here is the EXACT recipe for you to try at home! Bon A petit!




Monday, January 18, 2010 - 2:59pm


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