Fish with salsa, spinach and bacon February 25, 2010Posted by inspiredbywolfe in Fish.
This meal came about rather by accident. I wanted to experiment with some smaller whole fish such as sardines, but when I went to visit my fishmonger, they didn’t have any! I have seen sardines there before so I am hopeful I can still experiment in the future. While they didn’t have any sardines, they did have some fillets of King George whiting, so I thought I’d cook them up instead.
I began by making some tomato salsa. I chopped up tomatoes, shalots, garlic, parsley, and added cayenne pepper (rather a lot, as it turned out!), salt, pepper, and some lemon juice. I let it sit for a while to let the flavours intermingle.
I decided to make spinach with bacon in it as a side dish. I started with chopping up some bacon and cooking it in some butter. A few bits of parsley managed to escape the salsa and ended up with the bacon…
Next, I prepared the whiting by seasoning it, and adding some olive oil, and grilling it in the oven. If it had been a nicer day, I might have barbecued it, but decided it was better to grill the fish. When the fish was in the oven, I cleaned and chopped the spinach, and boiled it. When it was done, I added it to the cooked bacon.
By this time the fish was done. I put some salsa over the fish and added some spinach on the side. While this was a simple dish, the flavours were delicious and complemented each other well. As I mentioned, I did add rather a lot of cayenne pepper to the salsa and it was very spicy! I was concerned that the side of spinach and bacon would seem arbitrary and wouldn’t fit in with the fish; however, the bacon added a nice salty kick, and the spinach complemented the fish and salsa well – as well as cooling down the salsa a bit!
I still want to play with some sardines and do interesting things like stuff them, and cook them in vine leaves. In the meantime though, this dish was a nice consolation dish.