Baked Cod with Balsamic Tomato & Pepper Relish over Salad Greens
I picked up three cod fillets, patted them dry (this part is so crucial!), brushed them with a tiny bit of butter and a sprinkle of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Then I laid them in a casserole dish and baked at 375 for 20-30 minutes, flipping once. As you can see, I had a lot of peppers left and since I'm not the biggest fan of raw peppers, I figured they should be the first veggies to go. I've made this relish before but I usually serve it with red meat, so this combo was relatively new to me. The balsamic is kind of like a quickie reduction that I came up with after browsing through about fifty balsamic reduction recipes. I love the simple sweetness of honey and how it cuts the acidity of the vinegar ever so subtly. So I whipped up the peppers while the fish was baking and voila! The cod served on top of a bed of simple salad greens and warm relish with a quick squeeze of fresh lemon made for a very satisfying way to break out of my raw repetition. I paired it with an inexpensive Grüner Veltliner which brought out a citrusy spice and what a lovely meal it was!
balsamic tomato & pepper relish
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1 bay leaf
2 c chopped peppers (3-4 large peppers, I like to use a mix of colors - orange, yellow, green & red)
1/2 c chopped, seeded tomato (about 1 medium vine tomato)
1/2 c chopped cucumber (I like the English, seedless cucumbers)
salt & pepper to taste
1. Put chopped peppers, tomato & cucumber in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt & pepper. Let marinate in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
2. While the veggies are marinating, heat balsamic vinegar on a high heat, whisk in the honey and drop in the bay leaf. Allow the mix to come to a boil before lowering the heat to a steady simmer to reduce.
3. Within 15-20 minutes, you should notice the liquid mixture thickening. At this point, add the chilled veggies and saute just until the peppers have softened, about 7 minutes.
All right, cleanse complete! Now we can move on to some serious eats... oh my brain is working overtime, quickly coming up with some tasty treats to share.