May 22, 2009

yummy - fish gratin recipe

vintage illustration from a 1964 cookbook

One of my favorite cooks won't be found creating her gastronomic masterpieces in the back of a fancy restaurant. This one works her magic in her own kitchen. Even Tato who has decided he will eat "zero vegetables, mama, zero" happily wolfs down her squash soup. After dinner one night her two year old gave her the widest smile. "The tofu was yummy tonight, mama". Yes, you read right: her t-o-d-d-l-e-r. Who needs the Michelin Stars when you get the stamps of approval from the pickiest of eaters?
Thank you, Lita for sharing one of your favorite kid-friendly dishes!

(modified from Annabel Karmel. Serves 4)

2 fillets of dory or sole

salt & pepper to taste

juice of half a small lemon
100g wheat germ (instead of bread crumbs)

50g grated cheddar or parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
50g butter, melted

Season fish fillets with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Lay them flat in a greased oven-proof dish. Mix the wheat germ, cheese and parsley and stir in the melted butter. Divide the cheese and wheat germ mixture evenly in between the fillets and spread in a thin layer to cover the fish. Cook the fish under a pre-heated grill for about 10 minutes or until the wheat germ turns golden and the fish is cooked through.
Serve on a bed of potato or sweet potato mash.


Cely said...

It looks really yummy! I'll try the recipe. Thanks!

Barni Alunan-Escaler said...

Sounds good, but the wheat germ worries me. Do you taste it or not noticeable?

Nana said...

Paging Lita: Can you help Barni with this wheat germ question?

Lita said...

hi barni! you'll be pretty amazed to realize that even you are unlikely to notice the wheat germ. in fact, that's a trick i use! any recipe that calls for bread crumbs is quickly replaced by wheat germ. try it out the next time you make tempura or chicken fingers!

if your kids have an intolerance to gluten, then wheat germ is out.

happy cooking!

Lita said...

hi nana! i am flattered by the incredible introduction but i hardly think i am worthy of such praise. with enough time on her hands any mom can delve into culinary adventures in the comfort of her own kitchen!

Barni Alunan-Escaler said...

Thanks Lita. Good to know. I try to keep my first son on a gluten-free diet. Sayang - it's a good source of iron, right? But my second one's not sensitive. :)