Gino D'Acampo's salmon and mascarpone leek parcels recipe

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Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time20 mins -25
Total Time45 mins

Another winner from Gino D'Acampo: easy-to-make, melt-in-the-mouth filo parcels of salmon, mascarpone and leek.


  • 2 skinless salmon fillets, approx 100g each
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and chopped
  • 100g mascarpone
  • 2 knobs of salted butter
  • 6 sheets of filo pastry (30 x 30cm) laid flat between 2 damp tea towels to stop them from drying out
  • 30g unsalted butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper to taste




  1. Cook the leeks in a large frying pan with 3tbsp of water and 2 knobs of butter for approximately 10 mins. Season with salt and pepper and stir occasionally.
  2. Remove from the pan and leave to cool in a bowl. Once cooled down, mix in the mascarpone.
  3. To assemble the parcels, brush a sheet of pastry with melted butter, than lay 2 more sheets on top, brushing between each layer.
  4. Place a salmon fillet in the centre, season with salt and pepper then spoon over half of the leek mixture.
  5. Fold the ends over the top, then pull up the sides and scrunch together to enclose. Brush both of the parcels with melted butter.
  6. Place onto a lightly greased baking sheet, then cook in the middle of a preheated oven at 190ºC/190ºF/Gas Mark 5 for 20-25 mins until browned and crisp. Serve with your favourite green salad.
Gino D’Acampo is a much-loved, cheeky TV chef who often appears on ITV’s popular daytime chat show This Morning. Born into a large family in Napoli, Italy, Gino’s been working in kitchens since he was young and fell in love with the industry age 11 when he walked into his grandfather’s restaurant. Gino’s Italian heritage has a huge influence on his recipes. From a classic margherita pizza to a four-cheese macaroni cheese with peas, we’re sure to have a Gino D’Acampo recipe your whole family will love! With three children of his own it is perhaps no surprise that so many of Gino’s recipes are perfect for the hustle and bustle of a busy home. As well as regularly appearing on This Morning to share his culinary skills and the odd cheeky joke or two, Gino has also had several TV shows of his own including most recently Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape which aired in November 2018 on ITV. He also won over much of the nation back in 2009 when he was crowned winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Gino has several best-selling cookbooks out including Gino’s Pasta, Home Baking and Gino’s Italian Escape. At the heart of all of his recipes is the belief that good ingredients can speak for themselves. On his website Gino explains: ‘My grandfather said that a good recipe doesn’t need lots and lots of ingredients because if the ingredients are top quality and full of flavour, why would you want to cover up or change their taste