"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway


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This recipe for FLORENTINE MAHI MAHI, by , is from Cooking Capers With Dr. Dave, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

David Cummins
Added: Sunday, October 16, 2011


6 skinned Mahi Mahi steaks or fillets, about 1/2 pound each
1 1/2 tsps. salt
3/4 tsp. white finely-ground pepper
1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
4 Tbs. butter
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 pounds fresh spinach, washed, stemmed, and patted fairly dry
Lemon wedges for garnish

Mornay Sauce:

4 Tbs. butter
4 Tbs. all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4th. tsp freshly-ground white pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/3rd. cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter over medium heat in a heavy saucepan. Add flour. Cook stirring constantly for 4 to 5 minutes. Still stirring with a whisk, slowly pour in the milk. Simmer sauce 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. Season with salt and pepper, add Worcestershite and grated cheese. Simmer 5 minutes longer, stirring frequently.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season fish with a mixture of 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp.white pepper. Lay onion slices in the bottom of a large, shallow buttered baking dish. Arrange the Mahi Mahi on top. Melt 2 Tbs. butter. Pour butter and wine over the fish. Cover dish with foil and bake approximately 25 minutes or until fish is cooked through.

While fish is baking, or even several hours ahead, prepare the Mornay Sauce. Enjoy!

Number Of Servings:
4 to 6
Preparation Time:
1 hour
Personal Notes:
Mahi Mahi is one of the mildest fish I've ever eaten. Paired with this delicious Mornay sauce, it's guaranteed to bring a smile to your guests' faces!




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