Oven-baked cod

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 09.34.14Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
300g (10½oz) chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
150g (5oz) jarred roasted red peppers (packed in brine), drained and chopped
2 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
A few drops balsamic vinegar
4 thick slices rustic-style bread, such as ciabatta
4 x 150g (5oz) skinless cod fillets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Rocket or salad leaves, to garnish

Method: 

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/R5.

2 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the garlic, mushrooms and spring onions, sautéing them over a medium-low heat until very soft, about 5-6 minutes.

3 Stir in the chopped peppers and sun-dried tomato paste.  Add a few drops of balsamic vinegar and season to taste.

4 Spread the pieces of bread with half the mushroom mixture, then arrange them in a baking dish or on a baking sheet. Top each one with a cod fillet, then spread the remaining mushroom mixture on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the fish is cooked – the flesh should flake easily when tested with a fork. Serve, garnished with rocket or salad leaves.

Cook’s tips: You could make this recipe with haddock, salmon or sea bass fillets instead of cod. Use closed cup mushrooms if you prefer – just make sure that you chop them finely.

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