From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Stuffed Branzino

Stuffed branzino, courtesy of TheDateDish.com and Peter Salerno's kitchen.
Stuffed branzino, courtesy of TheDateDish.com and Peter Salerno’s kitchen. (Credit TheDateDish)

As promised, we’re not just showing you the award-winning kitchens of Peter Salerno this November – we’re taking you inside those kitchens with Peter himself, who is sharing some of his favorite recipes and delicious Italian-inspired dishes.

We’re kicking off this series of sumptuous Mediterranean recipes with one of Peter Salerno’s family favorites: stuffed branzino. For those of you “out of the Italian cuisine loop”, branzino is a popular Italian name for European sea bass. The plural is branzini; in other areas of Italy, you may hear it referred to as ragno or spigola. A staple of Italian family dinners for years, branzino is coming into vogue with the general public; it was named Fish of the Year by the New York Times at the end of 2012.

There are plenty of amazing recipes out there for stuffed branzino, one of the most popular (and delicious) preparations of this versatile fish. Of those recipes, one of Peter Salerno’s personal favorites comes courtesy of Chef Lindsey of TheDateDish.com. A simple preparation with complex flavors that adheres to the classic preparation of Italian branzino, you’re sure to love this recipe as much as Peter and his family do.

To give all proper credit, this recipe is copyrighted by (and the brainchild of) Chef Lindsey of TheDateDish.com – as stated before, Peter just loved it so much he had to share it. For the original recipe post, click here.

Stuffed Branzino

Your ingredients:

  • Two 1-pound whole branzino—scaled and gutted
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bunch fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup seeded and chopped kalamata olives
  • 2 Tbsps capers
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 3 lemons—2 thinly sliced, 1 cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Finely chopped parsley, for serving

Preparation: 

  • Light a grill or preheat a grill pan.
  • Season the fish cavities with oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Stuff each cavity with a thyme sprig, olives, capers, roasted red peppers, and 3 lemon slices.
  • Rub the outside of the branzino with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill the branzino over high heat, turning once, until browned and crisp and just cooked through, about 7 minutes per side.
  • Serve right away, and garnish with salt, lemon wedges and parsley.
  • Serve with rosemary roasted potatoes.

Enjoy this Italian classic, stuffed branzino, with your friends, family and loved ones – and keep checking our blog for even more news, updates and recipes from Peter Salerno’s kitchen!

Again, special thanks to Chef Lindsey and TheDateDish.com for this outstanding branzino recipe. It’s become a Salerno family favorite! For more information about Peter Salerno Inc. and our award-winning custom kitchen, bathroom, cabinetry and interior designs, please visit our website or call 201.251.6608.

Custom Italian Elements Incorporated in Beautiful French Kitchen

This beautiful kitchen by Snaidero features Italian and French blended designs.
This beautiful kitchen by Snaidero features Italian and French blended designs. (Credit Snaidero, Nouveau Home Cuisines & Bains)

Sometimes, incorporating the very best of two worlds creates a design that is both modern and striking. Such is the case with our next featured French kitchen, which implements some beautiful custom design work from our friends at Italian design house Snaidero (and their Ola20 collection) into a customized, flexible French kitchen.

Featured in the September/October/November 2013 edition of Nouveau Home Cuisines & Bains, a leading French kitchen and bath design publication, this Italian/French blended kitchen design features expansive open space, clean design, and some unique elements – notice the ultra-chic curved bar mount!

As Nouveau Home Cuisines & Bains comments (translated from French):

“Uncommon in the kitchen area, the curve upon which the bar provides aerial dimension and a sense of lightness to the kitchen. Fully flexible low elements, raised elements and cabinets adapt to centimeter close to the dimensions of your room, the better to customize the kitchen.”

The use of earth tones, leafy plants and large-scale windows set against white walls allows the room to feel sunny, fresh and alive – just the way you’d want to start your day in a beautiful southern European kitchen. With mixed French, Italian and Mediterranean design elements, this work of art will surely provide as much inspiration to you as it did to Peter Salerno on his recent visit to France. Amusez-vous!