October 2, 2016

Oven-roasted Black Cod (Coastal Living)

2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced fresh chives
2 teaspoons capers
1 pound fingerling potatoes, halved
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
4 bacon slices
1 (12-ounce) black cod fillet (about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick)
Garnish: fresh chives


1. Preheat oven to 400°.Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

2. Microwave potatoes in a large glass bowl covered with plastic wrap on HIGH 4 minutes. Drain potatoes, if necessary, and stir in garlic, salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Set aside.

3. Cook bacon in a large cast iron or ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in skillet. Add remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil to skillet over medium-high heat; add cod fillet, and cook 1 minute on each side.

4. Spoon reserved potatoes around cod; bake 3 minutes.

5. Remove from oven, and spread reserved butter mixture over fish. Return to oven; bake 5 more minutes or just until fish flakes with a fork and is opaque in the center. Sprinkle with cooked bacon; garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

The Sacred Cod (Celebrate Boston)

In the House of Representatives Hall of the Massachusetts State House, hangs The Sacred Cod. The cod is five feet long and carved in pine. The fish is suspended above the entrance to the hall in the visitors gallery, and the Speaker of the House faces the cod during the meetings. The Sacred Cod is a symbol of the bygone importance of the fishing industry in Massachusetts. The carved fish is more than 200 years old, and remains an ancient symbol of prosperity for the people in the state. [...]

On March 17th 1784, Mr. John Rowe of Boston arose from his seat in the Hall of Representatives at the Old State House, and offered the following motion: "That leave might be given to hang up the representation of a cod fish in the room where the House sit[s], as a memorial of the importance of the Cod-Fishery to the welfare of the Commonwealth...."

A symbolic cod was placed in the hall, and was later moved to the new State House building in 1798. There it has remained ever since.

Posted by at October 2, 2016 9:30 AM