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From "From Portland’s Palate... A Collection of Recipes from the City of Roses," published in cooperation with your Daily InBox newsletter.

INGREDIENTS FOR SALMON:

  • 4 sheets frozen puff pastry
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach
  • 6 ounces crab meat
  • 8 ounces freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms (10 large mushrooms), chopped
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter
  • 5 pounds salmon fillets
  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten
INGREDIENTS FOR LEMON HOLLANDAISE SAUCE:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, divided
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Salt and freshly-ground white pepper
TO PREPARE:

Allow frozen pastry to stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Cook spinach according to package directions, undercooking slightly to allow for baking later.  Drain thoroughly.

In a large bowl, mix together spinach, crab meat, grated Parmesan cheese, eggs, cream, sherry, salt and pepper.

In a saute pan, melt butter and cook mushrooms until just tender and liquid evaporates.  Lift out of butter with a slotted spoon and add to spinach mixture.

Use remaining butter to brush one side of each pastry sheet.

Place 1 sheet of puff pastry, buttered-side up, on a greased roasting pan.  Brush with egg whites.  Lay 2 salmon fillets down the center of the pastry.

Spread half of spinach mixture on salmon and cover with another sheet of pastry, buttered-side down.  Shape and cut into the form of a fish, crimping the edges together to create the appearance of fish scales on top.  Brush top of pastry with egg white.

Repeat with remaining pastry, salmon fillets and spinach filling.  Bake on a rack in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until top is browned.  Serve with Lemon Hollandaise Sauce.

LEMON HOLLANDAISE SAUCE:

In a saucepan, vigorously whisk egg yolks for 1 minute, or until they are thick and pale yellow, then whisk in lemon juice.

Add 2 tablespoons of cold butter.  Set pan over low heat.  Watch carefully and continue whisking.  (The bottom of the pan will be visible between strokes when sauce is done.)  Remove from heat and add remaining butter, beating in one tablespoon at a time to stop cooking.

Drizzle in warm melted butter and continue beating to make a thick sauce.  Add seasoning and more lemon juice as necessary.  Serve immediately.

SERVINGS: 16; 1 cup sauce

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