- fish and chips,
- lobsters and steamers
- and the fisherman's platter consisting of whole clams (since everyone knows clam strips aren't real clams) and sea scallops, with fries and coleslaw, of course
I still adore the Holy Trinity of New England seafood, but, my mother-in-law's baked fish is a treat that gives me the health benefits of fish without the guilt of the hot, drawn butter that bathes my lobsters and steamers, or the deep fried decadence that comes with my fish and chips.
And, look at this chef...
Who can say no to her?
So, savor the simplicity of this easy preparation of any fish you want. We have used salmon, cod, haddock and pollock. Work with what you like.
Not a fish fan? Try it with chicken or pork, or over portobello mushrooms or peppers.
Make it yours.
- 2-3 pounds of fish
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup +/- fresh parsley, minced together with the garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion*, julienned
- 1 medium or large sweet pepper*, julienned
- 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, or enough to taste
- sliced mushrooms to taste, if you like them
- 1/4 cup +/- for sprinkling on the top
Here's how she does it:
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Rinse the fish and pat dry. Place in a large rectangular glass casserole dish.
- Mince the garlic and parsley together.
- Rub the garlic and parsley over and under the fish.
- In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and pepper about 5 minutes. Add the spaghetti sauce to coat.
- When the veggies are well coated, cover the fish with the veggies.
- Sprinkle the top with mushrooms, if you like them, and the rest of the garlic and parsley, if you have extra.
- Then add the bread crumbs.
- Bake the casserole of fish at 350 for about 45 minutes. Let it rest about 10 minutes or so and then dig in. If the fish was previously frozen, you may have extra juice...it's all good. Spoon it over boiled potatoes, which, by the way, are fabulous with the minced garlic and parsley sprinkled on top with a drizzle of Spanish extra virgin olive oil.