It being Good Friday and all, I thought I’d go for fish for dinner.
I’ve been planning to do fish en papillot for a while, and was hoping to get a whole fish for it, but apparently Sainsbury’s online don’t deliver them, and to paraphrase Woody Allen: you trying finding a fishmonger that open on Good Friday!
So it’s sea bass fillets, with courgettes and mushrooms, en papillote, with what we like to call in this house dolphin nose potatoes ;)
My original recipe was going to be form Leite’s Culinaria but as Soph isn’t running tomorrow we can do spicy, so I’m following this BBC Good Food Thai version, although without much less lemongrass as if you put any of that stuff in it’s all you can taste. Oh plus veg in the parcels as the Leite’s version has.
So start by making a flavour mix: galangal, chillies, spring onions, fish sauce, soy sauce. Then layer up veg: courgettes, mushrooms, green beans & coriander.
Then a layer of the sauce, then sea bass fillets, then more sauce & more coriander.
Then parcel up, and into the fridge for a bit.
For the potatoes it’s just BBC Good Food. Boil up mandolined potatoes in milk, double cream and butter, plus garlic, thyme, nutmeg & seasoning.
After boiling for five minutes it’s layering up time, with more seasoning of course.
Finally the liquid goes in, and it’s into the oven for 25 minutes before evening thinking about putting the fish in, despite what the recipe says about the potatoes being cooked in under 30 minutes!
After 25 minutes the potatoes get gruyère cheese on top, and the fish goes in. Then it’s 25 minutes and it’s done.
Wow. This is amazing. OK clearly potatoes with stupid amounts of dairy is nice, but the fish is so good: delicately cooked and full of flavour.
What’s more: this fish is dead easy. Chop veg, throw fish on, bake. Easily a weeknight meal. And with boiled potatoes instead of dolphin nose, pretty darn healthy too!