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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Parent's Dinner...YUMM !

Since my parents were the original inspiration for this blog, I felt it was appropriate to make an entry about the latest dinner we hosted for them.

Sunday was a busy day, with church in the morning, football in the afternoon. After the big Vikings win, we started on dinner.

Ray loves to make homemade pasta, so I take advantage of his contribution when I can. I had some acorn squash from the garden, so I made a filling:

Squash filled raviolo and white wine sauce

2 small acorn squash, seeded, then baked, and filling scooped out
2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup asiago cheese, grated

We make 4 large "raviolo" as an appetizer for the meal, and about 2 dozen small ravioli with this filling. I made a very simple reduction of white wine, with thyme and garlic for the sauce, and finished it with about a tablespoon of butter. Each person had one, and it was nice, light appetizer. Then, the big show stopper was Opah en Pappilot (fish wrapped in paper for the less exotic among us)

4 6-8 ounce portions of a firm, white fish (swordfish, blue marlin would work well here)
1 medium onion, sliced
1 fennel bulb, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
4 cloves of garlic
Salt and garlic pepper to taste.

For this process, you need 4 sheets of parchment paper, or you can use foil. Divide the sliced onion, fennel and garlic on each sheet. Season both sides of the fish and lay on top of the vegetables. Top with the lemon, and seal each paper packet by twisting the edges shut. Bake in a 400* oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of your fish fillets.

I will attempt to start posting photos of more of these items !