Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Greek style roast cod

I'm not really sure what's "Greek" about this dish, it seems more Italian style to me, but then I didn't name it! What I do know is that it's delicious, it contains some of my all-time favourite ingredients, fresh basil, sun dried tomatoes and black olives.
To make it I sliced some potatoes and red onions and layered them in a baking dish. I then poured over a stock made from the basil and sun dried tomatoes blended to a paste and mixed with boiling water. This was poured over the potatoes which I then baked for half an hour.

Once the potatoes were cooked they had become infused with a the flavour of basil and tomato and smelt wonderful!

Finally I sprinkled the potatoes with chopped black olives, laid my fish on top each with a slice of lemon then baked it for a further 10 minutes.
One of the great things about this recipe is that it only uses one pot and I'm all for less washing up!

I should point out that although the original recipe calls for Cod I actually used a type of fish called Coley which is very similar. Not only is Coley more sustainable and not over fished like Cod, it is also substantially cheaper. I really can't taste much difference between them and I certainly reccomend it as an alternative. Another fish you could try is Pollock which is also very cheap and really tasty.

The original recipe is by Silvana Franco and can be found here.

18 comments:

Meg said...

This looks absolutely delicious and full of flavor!

kittie said...

Nice recipe! I'm a massive fan of pollock - though I haven't see coley as much in these parts - one to look out for!

Hopie said...

That looks like a delicious recipe! Can't go wrong with those ingredients and so beautifully presented! Love the photos.

Beth said...

This looks lovely and light - want to try this soon!!!

Joie de vivre said...

Perhaps it's the olives that make it Greek? I just picked up some rock cod for dinner tonight, although I think I'm going to batter and fry it. Your recipe looks wonderful though.

Katie said...

Lovely recipe! I often use Pollock and coley, esp when the fish is drowned in sauce like in fish pie, you cant even tell the difference.

Pam said...

I love fish recipes like this. It looks delicious!

mikky said...

wow... looks refreshingly healthy :)

croquecamille said...

Looks tasty, and I always appreciate sustainable seafood tips!

I've tagged you - hop on over to my blog and see what it is!

Kang L said...

I love one pot recipes, its just so easy .... roast cod is always a nice hearty dish, esp for the coming cold, cold days... might just give this one a try and throw in lots of capers :P

nicisme said...

That top photo is brilliant, great fish dish!

Gemma said...

Hi Sam. This looks delicious. I really need to cook more fish so might give this a go. I've just tagged you at http://dressingfordinner.blogspot.com/2008/11/commenters-meme.html It's a meme about your commenters so hopefully you will do it as well.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

This does look delicious and nice and simple to put together (yay for less cleanup!). Seems like a great way to enjoy a good fish

Andrea said...

This looks great. I guess there are some fundamental similarities between Greek and Italian food, but I don't know what distinguishes them, either. Cod is such a great fish! Love it.

Sam said...

Meg: Thanks! it was really flavourful.

Kittie: I found the Coley in morrisons on the fresh fish counter, I don't think it's much different from pollock.

Hopie: Thanks! I was really pleased with how the photos came out especially as I took them in the evening with no natural light.

Beth: It was very light and tasty, you should try it.

Joie de vivre: You're right it must be the olives.

Katie: I couldn't tell the difference at all.

Mikky: It is quite healthy tastes good too!

Camille: You're welcome! I'm working on the tag I promise!

Kang: Capers would be great in this, next time I'll try that.

Nic: Thanks!

Gemma: I'm working on the MEME, will let you know when it's done..

Mike: It was really easy.

Andrea: I love cod too, it's so versatile.

Foodycat said...

It looks good! And I love stuff that uses the minimum of saucepans.

We used to feed our cat coley - funny that it has become fashionable!

Hopie said...

P.S. I have an award for you over my blog! Come on over and get it whenever you like :-)

Margaret said...

Beautiful presentation.