Thursday, June 21, 2012
Hearty winter delights 2: monastery fish
To make monastery fish, you need fillets of some tasty white fish(I used mirror dory),one fillet per person, potatoes, one per person, herbs(I used dill and parsley but other good herbs would be tarragon or chervil), some butter, salt, pepper, a little white wine(optional), and some good chicken or vegetable stock.
First pan-fry the fillets in butter, salt and pepper, add a small splash of wine. (They only need a few minutes.) Set aside. peel the spuds, cut in half, and parboil in a little stock for a few minutes only. Cut each potato into large horizontal slices. Grease a glass or china ovenproof dish(not metal), and put in a layer of potatoes, half of what you have, to cover the bottom of the dish. Salt, pepper, sprinkle herbs, a knife-lick of butter. layer the fish on top of the potatoes, sprinkle with herbs, put the final layer of spuds on top. Salt, pepper, sprinkle of herbs, then gently douse with some more stock, so that you can see it pooling a little(only a little) at the bottom of the dish. This will steam the food gently during baking and make it meltingly tender. Cover the dish with aluminium foil, put in a moderate oven for about half an hour(Test the spuds with a sharp knife). Serve with sweet and sour caraway-seed-flavoured red cabbage, and enjoy!