Miriam González Durántez’s Basque Cod

MADE IN SPAIN by Miriam González Durántez. Hodder & Stoughton Publishers 2016

Made In Spain contains truly authentic Spanish recipes created by blogger and recipe writer Miriam González Durántez. Here, she shares her recipe for Basque Cod – a recipe that was given to her by a Basque fishmonger from Medina del Campo

“Medina is a market town very close to my village,” says Miriam. “It is there that Isabel I of Spain (the Catholic Queen) died. And, ever since the Middle Ages, the town has held a Sunday market that sells the most wonderful produce, including great fish. If you do not have home-made tomato sauce you can replace it with good-quality shop-bought tomato passata.

We use canned peppers, preferably the Spanish piquillo variety that are widely available in supermarkets, though Italian canned roasted peppers are good, too. But if you are serving this to children and they find the taste of piquillo peppers too strong, just leave them out.”

Serves 4

• 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
• olive oil
• sea salt
• 4 x 120–130g cod steaks
• plain flour, to dust
• 10 tbsp good-quality tomato passata
• 100ml white wine
• 4 canned piquillo peppers
• chopped parsley leaves, to serve

1 Slice the garlic and fry it for one minute in the olive oil (do not let it get too golden). Set aside.
2 Salt the cod steaks, dust them with flour and fry for two minutes on each side over a medium heat in the same oil in which you fried the garlic.
3 Add the tomato sauce and then the white wine.
4 Put a pepper on top of each fish steak and sprinkle it with a bit of the garlic.
5 Sprinkle a bit of chopped parsley on top and let it simmer over a low heat for five minutes to burn off the alcohol in the wine.

Recipe courtesy of Miriam González, extracted from Made In Spain

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