I always make 2 recipes per year on this channel for my dad- for Father's Day of course, and his birthday(October 19). But creating a recipe he'll want to actually eat a full meal of is very challenging. He requested I make him spaghetti and clam sauce for his birthday and I wanted to make it unique, so here are some options he rejected:
Now I'm trying to convince him to use spiralized veggies or fruits in lieu of pasta but he said he'll think about it. I even mentioned spiralizing bell peppers(which I hate but it's his favorite vegetable) but he wasn't too keen about it.
Obviously, I'm down to eat almost anything- him, not so much(understatement of the century).
Anyways, for this video(for Father's Day 2017), I convinced him to let me make a lasagna(one of his favorite things to eat) with flounder fillets(his favorite fish to cook and eat) in place of pasta(it used to be called low-carb 10-15 years ago but I believe the trendy term in 2017 is either gluten-free or grain-free). He loved the dish and still can't believe I stacked 4 flounder fillets on top of each other to make a lasagna! I even put another of his favorite vegetables to eat(zucchini) in the lasagna, which he said was a nice touch.
Originally, I was going to make my own flounder lasagna with skin-on flounder, but then I realized skin-on doesn't mean boneless and I don't want bones in my lasagna(you know, because they're inedible). Luckily I thawed enough boneless fillets for the both of us, because each of the 4 bags had 2 fillets in it. If that's not serendipity, I don't know what is, people!
So what did I think of the lasagna? I loved it too, even though I'm not big on eating flounder as it's a very watery fish.
You might be wondering why I used tomato cream sauce instead of tomato sauce. I had some leftover heavy cream from my Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream that I didn't want going to waste, so I made a tomato cream sauce out of it. I hate wasting food.
You will need:
Makes 2 lasagnas
For the cooking equipment:
A lasagna pan
Nonstick cooking spray
For the lasagnas:
4 flounder fillets per person
Tomato or tomato cream sauce
Chopped yellow summer squash or zucchini
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Pinch of oregano per layer
Pinch of garlic powder per layer
Pinch of black pepper per layer
1. Spray a lasagna pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2 flounder fillets into the pan.
2. Top each fillet with sauce, yellow squash or zucchini(I made one yellow squash flounder lasagna and one zucchini flounder lasagna), parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta, oregano, garlic powder, and black pepper- all in that order.
3. Top those bottom fillets with another fillet per lasagna and repeat step 2.
4. Repeat step 3 two more times until you get a 4-layer lasagna.
5. Cover the lasagna pan with aluminum foil and bake the lasagnas in a 450 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes.
6. After 10 minutes, remove the foil from the pan and let the lasagnas cook uncovered for another 4-6 minutes. Bon appetit!