Crunch-Topped Cod – A Random Recipe

Uncategorized | November 10, 2013 | By

I’ve missed a couple of months of Random Recipe posts, the blogger challenge run by Dom at Belleau Kitchen.  It’s a lot of fun to take part, however due to impending work on my kitchen I’ve had to clear all my cookbooks away into bags and boxes, but I came across a pile of old Bella Cookbook magazines to which I applied the standard Random Recipe formula!

My random choice was January/February 2004, goodness nearly 10 years ago!  I did love this magazine, looking through these copies there are loads of recipes that I have made and must revisit.

However, Random Recipes is about making recipes you have overlooked and never made so my random pick is Crunchy Topped Haddock Cod, or other white fish of your choice.  I used frozen cod because it was what I had in the freezer.

Crunch-Topped Cod
Serves 4
4 (175g/6oz) pieces of cod fillet (or other white fish)
4 small tomatoes, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced
2 (250g) bags spinach, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 (250g) tub mascarpone cheese
75g/3oz Cheddar cheese, grated
1 (30g) bag plain crisps, lightly crushed

1. Preheat the grill to high.  Place the cod on a foil lined grill pan. Season with salt and pepper.  Top with tomato slices. Grill for 3-4 minutes until the fish is cooked through. 
2. While the fish is cooking, heat the oil in a large pan.  Fry the garlic of r1 min.  Add the spinach. Cover; cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until wilted.  Draini n a sieve, pressing out the excess liquid with the back of a spoon. Season with nutmeg and freshly ground black pepper.  Keep warm.
3. Apread the mascarpone over the tomatoes an fish.  Top wth Cheddar chees; season.  Grill for 2-3 minutes until melted. Scatter over the crisps; gril lfor 1 min until golden. Serve the fish with the warm spinach.

I made some mashed potatoes and served them topped with the spinach and cheesy fish.  The from fish fillet flaked easily and the combination of the creamy mascarpone, juicy tomatoes, sharp Cheddar cheese and crunchy crisps was a total delight.

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belleau kitchen

I LOVE the topping on this, it looks spectacular and will be stealing this idea for future topping ideas… love your use of magazines, brilliant stuff and so lovely to have you back on board this month, it must be so hard without a kitchen! xxx

Karen S Booth

SOOOOO much better than rabbit! LOL! I hope the lack of kitchen does not hinder your tasty creations! Karen xxx

Camilla @FabFood4All

Love this recipe Janice, there aren't enough recipes using crisp in the topping, think it was a fashion at one time along with cornflakes:-)

Sally Akins
Sally Akins

Yes! I remember crisps on top of pasta bakes being very popular at one point.

Great post, Janice

Phil in the Kitchen

I have very fond, if slightly hazy, memories of topping various dishes with crisps back in the 1970s. It's definitely due for a revival (and I don't say that about much from the 70s). I love the sound of this.

Laura Loves Cakes

I really like the look of this…it looks very neat stacked up and a great crisp topping too! I'd quite happily scoff this 🙂


Oh my! I'm bookmarking this one. I need to make this. Chips on top of anything is perfect.