Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What's for Dinner? Bacon Wrapped Cod on Pea Puree

This is an easy one. Go buy some nice thick cod, monkfish or halibut, wrap it in bacon and put it in the oven.

You can serve it on a puree of peas or on mashed potatoes if you like.

This takes no time and you can even prepare everything in advance and then just roast the fish before serving.

Here's how to do it:

Take a 1 lb. beautiful fresh piece of cod (very pricey at $16.99 per lb. these days, but don't buy fish from CHINA please....ask your fish monger) and season it with salt, pepper and fresh thyme.

Remember the golden rule: 1/2 lb. portion for each person, means this serves 2, so don't ask me how many people it serves.

Lay 6 pieces of smoked bacon on your cutting board, overlapping eachother slightly.

Place the fish in the center of the bacon and neatly fold over the other sides of the bacon to create a package. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap in keep in the fridge until ready to roast, this will also insure the bacon will adhere nicely to the fish.

Make the pea puree, if you want to.

I cooked some frozen peas (about a cup) with a little chicken stock for 3 minutes.
I added lemon zest and fresh thyme leaves, then pureed it all with an immersion blender. If it's too thin, add more peas, if it's too thick, add more stock, got it?

You can make the puree ahead of time and then warm up before plating.

Preheat the oven to 400F and place the bacon wrapped fish into a baking dish (don't forget to take off the plastic wrap!).

Roast for about 15 minutes, until bacon is nice and brown, and fish is firm to the touch.
Let rest a moment before slicing.

Ladle the warmed pea puree into bowls and serve 2 pieces of cod per person.

That's it!

Dinner is served and it was good!

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Natasha @Bite and Sip said...

Hi Stacey,
First time I heard about combing fish and bacon, I was not thrilled with the idea. Then I tried and I understood I was wrong. I like this recipe, as you can make it ahead.
BTW, do they even have cod in China? I didn't see any there or did not look forin the right place.

Stacey Snacks said...


Our local A&P sells 70% of their fish from China, including Cod.

There should always be a sign in front of the fish w/ the price per lb. and country origin. I know, because a friend told me she bought salmon for $3.99 a lb, and when I went to look at it, I turned around and left.
It was some kind of "salmon" from China, same w/ their so called "Cod".
FYI, the last time I looked, Trader Joe's frozen shrimp is from Bangladesh......no thank you!

Susan..... said...

I am not sure but I think some states are required by law to mark where the fish came from and if it is fresh or previously frozen but best to Google the laws in your state to make sure you aren't getting ripped off.
I am so trying this pea puree the next time I saute fish.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Love this idea! I just bought some cod from Trader Joe's. It was frozen but usually their fish is pretty good. Don't think it was from China.

Oui Chef said...

Now this is my kind of surf and turf!