MMMmmmm Food!

MMMmmmm Food!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Baked Cod with Chorizo and White Beans

Tonight we're going to taste the cuisine of Spain and Portugal!  I've been reading a lot about Spanish food for a two week trip to Barcelona in July!  I'm going to have to get ready for some laaaate dinners.  This dinner is also really healthy!

You'll need:

1.25-1.5 lbs Cod fillet
1 - 15 oz. can Cannellini beans
1 shallot
1 pint of grape tomatoes
2 links of Spanish chorizo (already fully cooked)
1/2 cup white wine (sauvignon blanc)
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp chopped thyme
kosher salt & black pepper

*Preheat oven to 425*
First, chop up the shallot and thyme.  Then split the two links of chorizo in half length-wise.
I think it works better if you try to remove the casing on the chorizo - this can be a somewhat hard - but well worth it.  I cut off the ends which made it easier to peel - as seen above.  (The ends make a good, little snack for the cook),
Look how organized I was!  Also give the chorizo and good chop.
Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a frying pan and add the chorizo, shallot and thyme and cook for about two minutes.
Cut about 1/2 the pint of tomatoes and add those to the mixture.  Also add 1/4 cup of white wine and cook for about 4 minutes - or until the wine is just about gone.
Turn off the heat and add the beans.  You only need 1/2 the can of beans.  
Cut the Cod fillet into large portions and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Coat a 9 by 13 baking dish with a little oil spray and place the fish as seen above.
Spoon on the chorizo/bean mixture on top of each piece of fish.  Add the remaining 1/4 white wine around the dish and cover with foil.  Bake for about 15-18 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish.  (I put mine in the oven for 16 minutes).
Taz can't hardly WAIT!  He had to get out of the kitchen and take a rest on the terrace because the delicious smells were too much for him. 
Taking the foil off of this one is like unwrapping a scrumptious birthday present!
Plate the fish (about 2 pieces per person) and add more of the chorizo/bean/tomato topping.  I also threw some broccolini on there to be extra healthy! 

This dish will take a piece of Cod to the next level!  It becomes such a hearty, rich dish with the addition of white beans and chorizo - a little smokey and steak-like!  Enjoy!


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