Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Italian Cod with Mild Crumb Topping

To prepare this delicious, low-fat entrée you will only need about 25 minutes. Choose a delicious side, such as pasta salad or au gratin potatoes. You may decide to serve a nice white wine as well, or iced tea with lemon wedges, for example. In addition, I like to serve a side of vegetables like corn or green beans lightly salted and/or seasoned. As with any recipe, there is always room to fiddle with the ingredients a bit and really make is zesty Italian cod entrée your own.

Cod Baked Leeks and Carrots

You will need four three-ounce cod fillets, one egg white, a 1/4 cup of dry bread crumbs, two tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, a tablespoon of cornmeal, a teaspoon of olive oil, a half teaspoon of Italian seasoning, a pinch of sea salt or garlic powder, some freshly ground black pepper, and any additional spices that you think you might enjoy. Some people like to use garlic in just about everything they cook. If you are one of those people, chopped fresh garlic cloves sautéed in a bit of melted butter may be lovely for flavoring your fish and also help to keep it moist. Depending on how much of the mixture you use, you might want to cut back a bit on the amount of olive oil you use.
To get started on this quick-fix entrée, first preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. You will need a small, shallow bowl. Gather your Parmesan cheese, cornmeal, oil, and seasonings, stir them together, and set them all aside in the small bowl. Next, grease your broiling pan either with a light coat of oil or cooking spray. Gently place the cod on the broiling rack, take extra care to fold under any thin edges of the fillets so that no parts of the fish will burn. Take the egg white and put it in a small bowl, then, with a basting brush, brush the fillets with egg white. Once that is done, sprinkle your bread crumbs and any additional spices (such as, a pinch of rosemary, for example) on top. Remember: adding spices is always fun, but be careful with your flavors - do not over-spice your fish! It can be almost as bad as overcooking.
An overwhelming amount of flavor can be just as bad as chewy fish. Bake the fish for about ten minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Do a fork test, and if you need to bake your fish longer don't tag on more than a couple of minutes, because fish have a tendency to overcook very quickly. When your fish is done, it will appear opaque all the way through. Serve while warm, and consider serving fresh bread and butter with the rest of the meal.
Fresh fish dishes are often very delicious when accentuated by a fresh fruit salad or a nice fruit pie or cobbler for desert. Enjoy!
Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for Web sites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background also includes teaching, gardening, and fashion. For more of her useful articles on seafood recipes, please visit Seafood, supplier of fresh seafood and seafood recipes.