Italian Sformato: A Gourmet Fish Delight

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Discover the elegance of Italian cuisine with our Italian Sformato. This sophisticated fish dish, infused with fresh tarragon and topped with creamy whipped cream and pine nuts, promises a refined culinary experience. Perfect for special occasions or a gourmet family dinner.

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Italian Sformato: A Gourmet Fish Delight

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • Fish mince: 600g (21 oz)
  • Egg: 1 large
  • White bread: 250g (8.8 oz)
  • Light cream (12%): 200ml (7 fl oz)
  • Heavy cream (35%): 150ml (5 fl oz)
  • Egg yolks: 4 large
  • Tarragon leaves: 4-5
  • Handful of pine nuts
  • Salt: to taste


Prepare the Bread: Trim the crust off the white bread and soak the crumb in the light cream (200ml / 7 fl oz).

Chop the Tarragon: Finely chop the tarragon leaves.

Mix the Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the fish mince, whole egg, chopped tarragon, and soaked bread. Season with salt and pepper, mixing thoroughly.

Italian Sformato: A Gourmet Fish Delight

Shape the Sformato: Grease four small baking molds with butter. Divide the fish mixture among the molds, making a small indentation on top of each with a spoon. Place an egg yolk into each indentation.

Italian Sformato: A Gourmet Fish Delight

Cover the Yolks: Cover the yolks with the remaining fish mixture, smoothing the tops.

Italian Sformato: A Gourmet Fish Delight

Bake: Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F). Place the molds in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.


Whip the Cream: While the sformato is baking, whip the heavy cream (150ml / 5 fl oz) into stiff peaks.

Serve: Once baked, carefully remove the sformato from the molds and place them on serving plates. Top each with a tablespoon or two of whipped cream and sprinkle with pine nuts.

Italian Sformato: A Gourmet Fish Delight

Pro Tip:

Garnish with additional fresh tarragon leaves or a sprinkle of black pepper for an extra touch of flavor.

Italian Sformato: A Gourmet Fish Delight

Enjoy this elegant Italian Sformato, perfect for impressing guests or treating yourself to a gourmet meal!

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