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Arctic Char — Florentine

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Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes 
Serves 6 

Florentine refers to a recipe that is prepared in the style of the Italian region of Florence. This wholesome baked dish is easy to make. You can serve it with a side of mashed potatoes or rice, or over pasta. 

2 medium Arctic char fillets, skin on 

1 cup thawed, frozen spinach or 2 cups chopped fresh spinach 

1 tbsp oil 

1/4 cup minced onions 

5 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (optional) 

1/2 cup ricotta cheese 

1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes (optional) 

Salt and pepper to taste

STEPS 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

If using frozen spinach, drain the excess liquid from the spinach by squeezing with your hands. 

Cook the onions in a skillet with oil over medium heat until they soften. 

Add the spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. 

Add the ricotta cheese and stir. 

Using your hands, pack the spinach mixture evenly on top of each fillet. 

Place the fillets on a baking sheet or in a baking dish lined with parchment paper (paper is optional but recommended to avoid tedious dish washing sessions!) and bake for 20 minutes or until the fish is completely cooked. 

FOR THE TOPPING: 

You can replace the ricotta cheese with cottage cheese. Add ¼ tsp pepper flakes to the spinach mix if you like spiciness. 

Reprinted from Niqiliurniq A Cookbook from Igloolik, with permission from Inhabit Media Inc. 

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