Posts Tagged ‘Smoked fish’

This is a little different given the use of the milky poaching liquor which makes this creamy and rich. Not that we partake in the cheese and fish rule anyhow, but cheese was genuinely not required. 

Wine Suggestion: Choose a white with a higher acidity to match the creamy stock and a bit of body as this is quite rich. We chose an alpine/cool-climate Chardonnay from Cantina Colterenzio from north-eastern Italy in the foothills of the Alps. Melon and apple fruit flavours with hints of buttery toast; refined and characterful.

Smoked Cod & Spinach Risotto – serves 2-3

  • 450ml full fat milk
  • 400g smoked cod or haddock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 450ml hot stock
  • a small onion
  • 50g butter
  • 250g risotto rice
  • a glass of white wine
  • 2 handfuls of spinach leaves, washed and torn into small pieces

Pour the milk into a saucepan large enough to take the fish in a single layer. Put the fish into the milk and add the bay leaves and peppercorns, then bring to the boil. When the milk starts to foam, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside with the fish left in the milk to infuse. 

Heat the stock in a saucepan until gently simmering.

Peel and finely chop the onion, then fry gently in the butter in a heavy-based pan. When the onion is soft, but not coloured, add the rice and stir to coat. 

Pour in the wine and allow to evaporate, then start adding the stock, a ladleful at a time. Keep stirring continually until each ladle of stock has been absorbed, then add some more. Keep the heat low to medium. When the stock is finished, start adding the poaching liquid from the fish (discard the peppercorns and bay leaves). Start tasting when almost all the milk has been absorbed. The rice should be soft but still have a little bite and it should take about 20 minutes. 

Stir the spinach into the rice. Break the fish into big pieces and gently fold into the rice, trying not to break them up too much. Check for seasoning before serving. 

(Original recipe from The Kitchen Diaries II by Nigel Slater, Fourth Estate, 2012.)


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Sweetcorn season is coming to an end but there is still time to make this tasty main course soup.

Sweetcorn & Haddock Chowder – to serve 4

  • 25g butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 slices of smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 2 corn cobs, kernels sliced off
  • 500g skinless smoked haddock, cut into small chunks
  • 5 tbsp double cream
  • handful of parsley, chopped

Melt the butter in a large pot. Fry the onion and bacon for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add the potatoes and cook for another couple of minutes, then pour in the stock and simmer until the potatoes are just tender (about 8 minutes).

Add the corn kernels and smoked haddock. Cook for another few minutes before adding the cream and some black pepper. Add salt if necessary but remember the fish is pretty salty, then stir through the parsley. Serve with crusty bread.

Wine Suggestion: We’ve been having a bit of a debate about this as many white wines could be intimidated or even clash with the smoked fish. We suggest going for a white wine that’s a bit more fruity than what you might pair with an unsmoked fish. Think a Riserva level Pinot Grigio rather than a Muscadet and you should have a treat.

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