Friday, December 4, 2009

Black Cod with Sage on Crispy Potato Cakes

Black Cod with Lime and Sage
2 servings

1 Tablespoon oil
2 Tablespoons butter
1 lime sliced into 1/4-inch slices
10 to 12 fresh, whole sage leaves
3/4 to 1 pound Black Cod filets or steaks

Heat butter and oil over medium heat until butter is melted and a drop of water sprinkled in the pan sizzles and bounces.

Add lime slices and cook until tender about 1 minute on each side. Remove from pan and allow to drain. Add sage to pan and fry for about 1 minute. Remove from pan and place on towel to absorb excess oil and butter. (Sage should be crispy.)

Add Black Cod to pan and fry a couple of minutes per side. Fish should still be slightly opaque in the center. If you like your fish more well done, cook a few minutes longer.

Place one portion of fish on each plate, or one piece of fish on top of individual potato cakes. Garnish with fried sage and lime slices.

Black cod recipe adapted from Donna Hay

For Crispy Potato Cakes:

You can either make one larger potato cake; and cut it after cooking or use two very small frying pans to make two individual cakes if you prefer.

Peel two medium size russet potatoes, slice very thinly (a mandolin makes quick work of slicing.)

For individual cakes:
Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in small frying pan (non-stick is best for this recipe), add 1 teaspoon butter until melted. Layer potato slices evenly in pan, sprinkle very lightly with salt between every other layer. Press down with a spatual and allow to cook until lightly browned. Flip once, reduce heat slightly and cover pan and continue to cook until potato layers are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife and the bottom is golden brown and crisp.

To make one larger potato cake use the same method, increasing oil and butter by a teaspoon or two, then cut in half before plating, placing one half on each plate.

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