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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Spanish Cod with Ratatouille & Potatoes #Food of the World

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Spanish Cod w/ Ratatouille & Potatoes


Welcome, bienvenida as they say in Spain... to our maiden voyage of "Food of the World." I don't know about you but I was overwhelmed with the number of regions and cuisine choice that are available in Spain. But it all seemed to boil down to seafood, pork, tomatoes, garlic, and peppers... Would you agree?

My family loves cod and I know that in Spain they make a lot of dishes with bacalao or salted and dried cod. My grandparents from Southern Italy also made dishes with this fish, but I find it hard to rehydrate and really not worth the trouble. If you live in an area where you can't get fresh cod I would recommend it, but I live on the Atlantic and cod is always available.

I based my recipe on a dish from Catalonia, a region of Eastern Spain called, "Bacalao con Samfaina" which is a stew made with salted cod pieces in a ratatouille. I really wanted to take advantage of the fresh eggplant and zucchini that I can get this time of year and I was very pleased with how tasty it turned out.


Spanish Potatoes: Simple Living and Eating


My side potato dish is based on how potatoes are roasted in many area's of Spain. My kids were gaga over these potatoes...big hit!  I don't think they are typical of one region. If you know better than me please leave me a note. 

I can't wait to check out your dishes... let the feast begin!


Spanish Cod with Ratatouille

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation: 30 minutes                             serves: 4

Ingredients:

4 small cod fillets about 2 inches thick
1 tablespoon melted butter
salt and pepper

ratatouille:

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 zucchini chopped
1 small eggplant peeled and chopped 
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of anchovy paste


Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray the bottom of a large baking pan with oil. 

2) In a large skillet on medium high heat saute the vegetables. Starting with the denser ones. Chop and add the vegetables in this order: onions, peppers, then zucchini and eggplant. Add garlic last, you do not want to brown it.

3) When the vegetables wilt turn the heat off but leave the skillet on the burner.  Whisk tomato paste with the anchovy paste and mix it into the ratbyatouille. Check taste before you add salt (anchovy paste is very salty) add pepper. Set aside.


4) Put cod in the baking pan. Brush each piece with butter, salt and pepper. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Then broil for 2 minutes if you want the top to brown. You need to watch the fish carefully. 

5) Remove fish from oven it is done if it is opaque all the way through and the very end of the fish flakes a little.

6) Plate the cod and top with ratatouille. Delicious served with a side of Spanish potatoes or saffron rice.


Spanish Potatoes

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation time: 10 minutes                         Serves: 4 to 6


Ingredients:

4 Russet potatoes (or any other kind) chopped
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
2 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon of regular or smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
1/4 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley minced


Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2) In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, tomato paste, garlic and paprika

3) Mix potatoes with oil paste mixture and spread out in a large baking dish.

4) Roast for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and a few are browned.

5) Just before serving sprinkle the potatoes with the parsley and drizzle the vinegar over them, mix well. 

Note: If you are making these potatoes with the cod dish. Put them in the the 400 degree oven 20 minutes before the cod goes in and they should be ready about the same time as the cod.




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The next country we will be visiting is POLAND.
Why you may ask? Because apple season is upon us.
The most popular fruit tree in Poland is apple, growing in commercial orchards and home gardens. With an annual production of 2.5 million tons, Poland is the top producer of apples in Europe. 

So you might want to try your hand at a Polish apple dish or some kelibaso, beet or barley soup... or maybe a cabbage dish.

See you back here on: OCTOBER 8TH


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34 comments:

  1. One of my favourite cuisines Diane. I've always wanted to go. I'll just have keep trying to create those wonderful flavours here at home. You've got me tempted to try something Polish. I think its very similar to Latvian cuisine, where my Dad was born.

    Anne xx

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    1. Me too... the weather and the people are both suspose to be so sunny and warm. Yes, I thought of you with Poland. I've never made anything Polish other than kielbasa.

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  2. Hi Diana had this dish at the Hungarian Jewish community center before It was very tasty . Looks like you have a winner there.

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    1. I can see why the Hungarians would like it: paprika. I never realized that Spanish and Hungarian cooking had this in common.

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  3. Those potatoes sound amazing! I'm excited to check out all the other recipes

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    1. My son almost didn't leave any of them for the rest of us. I bet your family would like these with maybe pork.

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  4. Thanks for the fun food party, I had a blast creating this dish. I will have to start researching Polish cuisine. That is a new one for me, but I can't wait! :)

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    1. I don't know anything about Polish cooking either... I guess we will discover it together... lots of fun!

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  5. Hi Diane, not sure I'm doing this right, but here is my link:
    http://christymajors.com/flamenco-and-a-taste-of-spain/

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  6. This dish looks tasty! I'm putting in my to try list!

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  7. The cod look delicious and my kids love Spanish potatoes, too! xx

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    1. Thanks Joya, I never made them before, but now I am going to have to make them all of the time.

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  8. Those potatoes look fabulous. They are on to list of things to try out this month. Great idea for a link u. Thanks :)

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    1. Thanks so much, I think we are going to have a lot of fun with this party, and learn a lot about different foods. Thanks for being part of the first party.

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  10. I love the looks of your potatoes! Joining your new link up but I have problem posting your button. Can't get it right.

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    1. Good to have you Eve. The button you can just copy and past and add the link. The code for the party you have to copy and past to your post while it is html. Then the images will appear on your post too.

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  11. Wooow….amazing!I love your blog and your recipes, I want to try them, but sometimes is difficult to get the details of recipes because of language.

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    1. Thank you so much Bea. I have google translator on the top of my sidebar. I find it helpful.

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  12. Saw these potatoes on Marvelous Monday Linky party. I'm such a fan of smoked paprika, these will be on my table soon. Also good to find the Food of the World event. I'm a new subscriber.

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    1. I'm new to smoked paprika and I love it. So glad you'll be joining us on Food of the World. The next date is Oct 8th. Look for a Polish recipe to share. See you then.

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  13. Diane, I ADORE potatoes in all forms but Spanish-style are my absolute favorite. I actually grew potatoes in our garden this year strictly to make batch after batch of patatas bravas :) This meal sounds heavenly and it makes me want to go to Spain right now!

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    1. Me too... eating this kind of food in the beautiful sunny environment of Spain must be heavenly.

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  14. Diane,
    The potatoes look wonderful, and the whole ensemble (cod and ratatouille) sounds delicious to me.
    Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Kristen it was a wonderful meal. I hope you get to try it.

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  15. Your Potato dish got my attention but so has your linky party I will be seeing you next month. Stopping by from Thriving Thursdays.
    Easy Life Meal and Party Planning.

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    1. Oh, great glad you will be joining us. I just cooked my first Polish dish this past weekend.

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  16. Diane,
    I made your potatoes the other day and they are just fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I'm so glad you liked them Miz Helen.. they were the hit of this meal.

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  17. Oh those potatoes are so gonna be on my dinner menu this week! And I have seen a few other recipes that will make it to my dinner table soon, too! Found you through The Pin Junkie's link party. Following you now too! Thanks for the new inspirations!

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    1. So glad you'll be trying the potatoes Lisa... they went over really well with my family. Thanks for following.

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  18. My folks lived in Spain for 3 years and they raved about the food there! I'm pinning this, Diane! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week!

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  19. I had seen these type of potato dish in that villa where i stay in Spanish hotel last year during summer vacations. I love cooking and traveling. I would like to cook this crispy and delicious Spanish Cod with Ratatouille & Potatoes and serve to my family with our own hands. Hope they like it and give some appreciation also. Thanks for sharing its recipe!!
    location de villa espagne

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