SARONNO, Italy – With my move to the Riviera on hold due to technical difficulties, I thought I’d drown my sorrows in some Ligurian food. While it’s sometimes hard to find authentic fish recipes to post on this blog because most Italian recipes start with scaling and gutting the fish, this recipe uses filets – and I go even a step further and commit the mama of all Italian peccati, (sins) - I use frozen fish fillets.
The two recipes are basically the same, just a few minor differences, but the concept of fish, potatoes and the little black olives from the Riviera is a winner. Here’s the first recipe.
|Both Recipes Will Kind of Look Like This Except the Olives are Whole|
Arrange the cod fillets in a bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice and season with a pinch of salt, freshly ground pepper and 2 tablespoons of oil, and let marinate for about 30 minutes . You might want to turn the fish a couple of times during the marinating time.
Put the cod fillets in a baking dish, leaving a little space between them, spread the potatoes around the fish, add the tomatoes and olives, add salt and pepper and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Cook the fish for about 10-15 minutes, or until the surface of the potatoes are golden. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with shredded basil leaves and serve immediately.
|It's better to shred the basil by hand than cut it with a knife|
Drizzle the fish with some olive oil and cook for another 10 minutes or so, just until the fish is cooked. You can also add some cut up tomatoes or cherry tomatoes and a few tablespoons of chopped parsley at this point too. Remove dish from oven and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then serve.
|Your dish will look like this except the potatoes will be cooked|