Minna’s recipes…for the Lenten repertoire


Here is a tasty recipe to add to your Lenten repertoire — or anytime!  It’s from the Eating Well publication.  

The dry white wine and Gruyere cheese give this fish casserole a rich flavor that belies its’ virtue of being low sodium.  Topping the dish with seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs before baking adds a delicious crunch and fiber! 

 BAKED COD CASSEROLE                                                                                            

Cod Casserole

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 medium onions, very thinly sliced
1 cup dry white wine
1 ¼ pounds cod, cut into 4 pieces*
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme*
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 ½ cups finely chopped whole-wheat country bread (2 slices)*
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup finely shredded Gruyere cheese*

1.  Preheat oven to 400
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, 5-7 minutes.  Add wine, increase heat to high and cook, stirring often, until the wine is slightly reduced, 2-4 minutes.
3.  Place cod pieces 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.
4.  Toss the 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 the cheese.  Bake, uncovered, until the fish is opaque in the center, about 10 minutes more.  Serves 4

*TIPS:  For variety, you can substitute almost any mild white fish.
             I use McCormick’s Italian Seasonings blend.
             I use whole wheat Panko bread crumbs – love the crunch!
             You can substitute shredded Swiss cheese – but the Gruyere is delicious!

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2 Comments on “Minna’s recipes…for the Lenten repertoire”

  1. Joe Giusto Says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I will try it this Lenten Season.
    Any fish dish is good with white wine..especially sherry.
    You should try my clams casino’s with sherry.

    Yes, I did have at least one chick for Easter..way back when. I believe they were sold for either 5 or 10 cents each..and some were dyed in green or ? .
    I believe they were sold at the local 5&10..Woolworths.
    Amazing, that goes back over 70 years ago.
    My father raised a few chickens..on High St…#320..
    and I had a couple ducks there too.

  2. Keep the stories coming, Joe. They are wonderful.
    Dr. Ed

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