Roasted Cod with Caponata and Roasted Truffled Potatoes

Caponata is one of my favorite recipe finds this year. I discovered it when doing this post about making picnic fare. Caponata has such great flavors, tons of vegetables and a wonderful saucy consistency. It was great on a sandwich, works great as a crostini topper for an appetizer and can be tossed into pasta for a quick dinner. I wanted to see how far I could take this rich, bright sauce and decided to try it with fish. I know many people are wary about making fish at home. There are a few things you should know about making fish that will make it successful. One is you need to find the freshest fish you can find. Go to a local fish market or a market counter you know has quality product. Second smell the fish before you buy it. Really, get your nose up in there. If the fish smells fishy at all, it is not fresh and do not buy it. It should smell like the ocean. Lastly is that fish is super easy to make, very healthful and can be prepared simply by roasting it in the oven with salt, pepper, some fresh herbs than spritz with fresh lemon juice. If your fish is fresh, this will be fantastic. This recipe is just as easy, but brings a whole spectrum of flavor to the table. I made some roasted fingerling potatoes tossed in a bit of truffle butter and a salad to accompany the fish. For those of you who are first-time fish cooks, no need to fear, this recipe is fool proof and delicious. 

PS: This is a great recipe for those in your house that may not be too keen on fish. The flavors are pretty bold, so it can be a great gateway dish to get your loved ones eating some of those outstanding nutrients only fish can provide. 

Roasted Cod with Caponata
forks & amusement 2010
serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large celery stalks, large chop
2 baby eggplant, large chop
2 red bell peppers, large chop
1 onion, large chop
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon of oregano
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons capers
salt & pepper
1 large cod filet (about 1.25-1.5 lb), you can use an firm white fish that you love as well, halibut would be great too

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the celery to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the eggplant to the pan and cook for 2 minutes with the celery. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt and add the peppers. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, adding the garlic for the last minute. Pour in the tomatoes with their juices and the oregano. Bring to a boil and add salt and pepper to taste. Change heat to medium low and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and vegetables have softened. Add the vinegar, sugar and capers. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. 

Place fish on a roasting pan or jelly roll pan. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the caponata over the fish and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes until fish is cooked through and firm to the touch. 

Serve in pieces, topped with caponata. 

Roasted Truffled Potatoes 
forks & amusement 2010
serves as much as you want! 

Potatoes, I like fingerling or yukon gold for this, cut in half
salt & pepper 
olive oil
truffle butter (can be found by the butter in some markets and all specialty food stores, it is life changing!)

Toss potatoes in enough olive oil to coat, salt and pepper. Roast potatoes in 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Remove from the oven.  Toss hot potatoes with some truffle butter (you do not need a lot, for 2 people you can use a teaspoon) and serve. If you have parsley or tyme, you could top it off with a little chopped herbs. 


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