Friday, August 21, 2009

Cod and Walnut Terrine

Serves 4

About 1 1/2 lbs Cod Fillet
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley spring, chopped
1 fresh chervil spring, chopped
1 3/4 C bread crumbs
1/2 C shelled chopped walnuts
2 T salted capers, rinsed
1 bunch of arugula
1 fresh thyme sprig
olive oil for drizzling

For the sauce:
1 T balsamic vinegar
4-5 T olive oil
1 T capers, drained and rinsed
1/2 garlic clove, chopped
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 275. Line terrine or loaf pan with baking parchment.
Combine parsley, chervil, and bread crumbs in a bowl.
Season cod with salt and place the first layer of the fillet in the loaf pan.
Sprinkle some of the breadcrumb mixture on top of the fish.
The sprinkle some walnuts, capers, arugula and a few thyme leaves.
Continue layering until all ingredients are used.
End the layers with a piece of cod. Drizzle generously with olive oil, cover with foil, and place in a roasting pan.
Pour boiling water into roasting pan until it comes about 1/2 way up the sides.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Remove loaf pan from oven and set aside to cool (keep covered).

To make the sauce:
Whisk olive oil and vinegar together in a bowl. Stir in capers and garlic, and season with salt and pepper.

To serve, turn the fish out onto a serving platter. Serve with the sauce.

I haven't tried this one yet, but I'm experimenting on a visiting friend. I'll update with pictures (this time) and how it turned out. I got some fresh fish from the fish market this morning. I could not find chervil at the grocery store, so I'll update with my substitution (I think it is thyme, a small amount). The recipe is from a phenomenal cookbook we received as a wedding gift called the Silver Spoon. It has become one of our staple cookbooks.

This dish came out really really tasty. I found chervil at Whole Foods. Only thing was it wasn't cooked after the suggested time. I had to cook it for 20 more minutes at 350. Next time I will probably just cook it for the 40 minutes at 350. Oh, and sorry, no picture - too many glasses of wine by the time it came out.