February 2010 Recipe

Baked cod caseroleBaked Cod Casserole

Serves
4
Prep Time
20 min.
Total Time
40 min.

Dry white wine and Gruyère cheese give this fish casserole a rich flavor that hides its virtue. Before baking, we top the dish with seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs, which add a wholesome, nutty flavor and dietary fiber. For variety, you can substitute almost any mild white fish.


INGREDIENTS


2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 medium onions, very thinly sliced

1 cup dry white wine

1 1/4 pounds cod, cut into 4 pieces

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/2 cups finely chopped whole-wheat country bread, (about 2 slices)

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup finely shredded Gruyere, or Swiss cheese



COOKING DIRECTIONS


Step 1
Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until just starting to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add wine, increase heat to high and cook, stirring often, until the wine is slightly reduced, 2 to 4 minutes.

Step 3
Place cod on the onions and sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper. Cover the pan tightly with foil; transfer to the oven and bake for 12 minutes.

Step 4
Toss bread with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, paprika and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Spread the bread mixture over the fish and top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, until the fish is opaque in the center, about 10 minutes more.




RECIPE TIPS


Ingredient note: Overfishing and trawling have drastically reduced the number of cod in the Atlantic Ocean and destroyed its sea floor. A better choice is Pacific cod (a.k.a. Alaska cod); it is more sustainably fished and has a larger, more stable population, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp).

NUTRITION INFO
Per serving


Calories: 328


Carbohydrates: 17g


Fat: 13g


Protein: 29g


Dietary Fiber: 4g


Saturated Fat: 4g


Monounsaturated Fat: 7g


Cholesterol: 69mg


Potassium: 384mg


Sodium: 474mg


Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat


Carbohydrate Servings: 1

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