Cod Baked with Cream and Bay-leaves, with Duchesse Potato*

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves

    6

Appears in

Simply Delicious: Book 1

Simply Delicious

By Darina Allen

Published 1989

  • About

This master recipe can be used for most round fish, e.g. haddock, pollock, grey sea mullet, ling, hake etc. Salmon and sea trout are delicious in this way or with a mixture of fresh herbs, e.g. parsley, fennel, lemon balm and chives.

Ingredients

  • 6 portions of cod (allow 170 g/6 ozs approx. filleted fish per person)
  • 1 tablesp. finely-chopped onion
  • salt and freshly-ground pepper
  • 30 g/1 oz/¼ stick butter
  • 3–4 fresh bay-leaves
  • light cream to cover the fish, approx. 300 ml/½ pint/10 fl ozs
  • roux

Enrichment

Method

Melt the butter in a pan. Fry the onion gently for a few minutes until soft but not coloured. Put the cod in the pan and cook on both sides for 1 minute. Season with salt and freshly-ground pepper. Add bay-leaves. Cover with cream or creamy milk and simmer with the lid on for 5–10 minutes, until the fish is cooked. Remove the fish to a serving dish. Bring the cooking liquid to the boil and lightly thicken with roux. Whisk in the remaining butter or Hollandaise as an enrichment, check the seasoning. Coat the fish with sauce and serve immediately.

This dish can be prepared ahead and reheated and it also freezes well. Reheat in a moderate oven 180°C/350°F/regulo 4, for anything from 10–30 minutes, depending on the size of the container.

For a delicious starter, put the Cod with Cream and Bay-leaves into scallop shells which have been piped around the edge with a little ruff of Duchesse Potato. For a dinner party the Duchesse Potato can be piped around a large serving dish with the cod in the centre. Garnish with bay-leaves before serving.