Thursday, March 05, 2009

Fish, Potato and Leek Stew


This recipe was inspired by Jamie Oliver's Cod Potato and Spring onion stew, but I believe anyone who lives around the Baltic Sea has tried a very similar dish just without potatoes! I even remember my father, who was absolutely cooking challenged, doing a similar dish whenever he felt hungry and there was nothing in a fridge. He used to fry some onion with salt and a lot of black pepper, bay leave, then he used to add milk and any fish he had found ( there was always some kind of fish in a freezer). At the end he used to thicken the stew with flour. Super easy and delicious if you are fish crazy...

So here's how I made it today!!!

What we need:

1 fish ( can be cod or any white fish fillet)

2 potatoes

1 small zucchini

1 leek

1 big onion

a handful of chopped spring onion and parsley

0,5 l water or stock

200 ml of milk or cream

1 tbsp of black pepper

2 bay leaves

salt

2 tinned anchovies

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 tbsp of flour

some lemon zest

What we have to do:

1. Chop onion and leek. Preheat a skillet, add olive oil, then onion and leek. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Stir the veggies and add anchovies and let it fry for 2-3 min. Then add cubbed potatoes and zucchini. Fry for 3 min again and add water or stock. Add bay leaves. Let it simmer for 10 min.

3. Cut fish fillet into pieces, season with salt and pepper and add to the simmering stew.

4. If you want stew to be thicker add a spoon of flour, stir carefully and simmer for 5 more min or until fish cooks. You can flake the fish or leave it in bigger chunks. At the eng add parsley and spring onion.

5. Serve the stew with some parsley or spring onion or leek on the top with some lemon zest. Enjoy!!!