Salt Cured Cod and Roasted Garlic Spread Crouton

1 Ratings
  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 65 min
  • serves 4-6
Salt Cured Cod and Roasted Garlic Spread Crouton

For something tasty and nutrient-filled, try Chuck Hughes' decadent salt cured cod with roasted garlic spread crouton.

Appetizer, Fish, Greek, Snack


Ingredients

Curing the Cod

2 pounds (1 kg) center-cut skinless boneless cod

2 bunches of dill

½ cup coarse salt (125 ml)

¼ cup brown sugar (60 ml)

1 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed (15 ml)

Cooking the Cod

6 cups milk (1,5 l)

2 shallots, quartered

1 garlic clove, smashed

1 teaspoon peppercorns (5 ml)

Roasted Garlic Spread

A head of roasted garlic

1 tablespoon of olive oil (15 ml)

Salt and pepper

Cod and Roasted Garlic Mixture

⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil (80 ml)

A handful chopped chive

A handful chopped dill

A handful chopped parsley

Freshly ground pepper

For the Croutons

4 slices of country loaf

¼ cup olive oil (60 ml)

2 garlic cloves, smashed

Salt and pepper

Garnish

Lemon wedges

Directions

Curing the Cod

1. Remove any brown parts from the cod.

2. With a mortar and pestle, crush the dill and mix in with the salt, peppercorns and brown sugar.

3. Rub the mixture on the cod. Cover and reserve in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Cooking the Cod

1. Rinse the cod to remove the excess salt mixture. In a saucepan on medium low heat, bring the milk to a simmer then add shallots, garlic and peppercorns. Add the cod and cook for about 10 minutes until flaky. Transfer cod to a bowl and discard the milk mixture.

Roasted Garlic Spread

1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Cut the head of garlic in half, and add the olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover it with foil paper and cook it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Cod and Roasted Garlic Mixture

1. Using a fork or your hands, flake the fish. Add the roasted garlic and continue mashing with the olive oil until combined and creamy. Add chive, dill and parsley. Season with pepper. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

For the Croutons

1. In a pan, heat oil on low heat and add garlic to infuse the oil. Add the croutons and grill on both sides. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish

1. Spread the salted cod spread on the croutons and serve with lemon wedges.

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