Sunday, November 16, 2008

Scrod Jardinière and a Comfort Food Contest

When I list the things I’d like more of in my life, entertaining is at the top of my list. Yet somehow I never get around to it. There are plenty of excuses not to – everyone I know (including me) is too busy and too tired and it’s really easy to let those excuses rule my world for weeks, months, even years on end.

But election night showed me that entertaining doesn’t have to be limited to just weekends. After a long stressful week, I decided to throw an impromptu dinner party on Thursday night and invited my oldest daughter and her boyfriend back over for dinner. They both work Friday and Saturday nights, so weekend get-togethers are out.

Even though it was a work day for me, I cut out early and cooked up a storm. I made homemade whole wheat bread using the very easy (and quick) recipe Zesty Cook posted that day on his blog. (You can visit Zesty for his recipe - it's a keeper!)

My bread wasn’t as pretty as his because it rose out of the loaf pan and dripped down while baking, but this just gave me some tasty treats to snack on while I cooked the rest of the meal.

I decided to make a pear tart for dessert. More about this later…

After all the baking, I needed to put together a quick dinner that would still impress. Scrod Jardinière is a tried and true favorite at our house. The best recipes evolve over time and this is one of them. The Kitchen Genius came up with the basic recipe a few years ago and I added the crumb topping somewhere along the way.

Speaking of recipes, I entered my Oatmeal Honey Bread in the Comfort Food Recipe Contest that Marx Food is sponsoring. One of their representatives stopped by my blog and encouraged me to submit my Macaroni and Cheese recipe, but when I saw that at least four people had entered Mac and Cheese, I decided to try something a little different.

If anyone else wants to enter the contest (you’ve still got a day), click on the link below.

The deadline is November 17, and you can vote for your favorite recipe at Marx Food on Wednesday, November 19. The Kitchen Genius wants some white truffles for Christmas, so if I win, I'm buying him those and more yummy treats from Marx Food. Wish me luck!

The Recipe:

Scrod Jardinière

Serves 4

2 pounds scrod, loin cut
1/3 cup white wine
1/2 lemon, juiced
Fresh ground cracked pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 yellow bell pepper
1/2 orange bell pepper
1 slice soft oatmeal bread
2 tablespoons butter

Cut scrod into serving size pieces. Place in baking dish. Add white wine. Sprinkle scrod with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

Put olive oil in sauté pan on medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions and peppers. Saute, turning often with tongs, until peppers and onions are crisp-tender, about five minutes. Layer mixture over fish fillets.

Process oatmeal bread in mini food processor until crumbs. Melt butter in microwave. Mix bread crumbs with butter and sprinkle on top of fish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily.

For a printable recipe click here


RecipeGirl said...

It looks wonderful! I love comfort food :)

Thanks for your very kind words on my soccer cookie post!

Meg said...

Good luck with your recipe! Your Zesty Cook bread turned out great.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Hi Laurie, great comfort food--also the baked macaroni below. Yum! Thanks for stopping by to visit. Re: Souper Sundays, you can cook and post the soup whenever you want--Sunday is the day I round them up so just let me know sometime before Sunday (email or comment) when you have a soup you want to share. Love to have you!



Laurie said...

Thanks for the info Deb! I look forward to participating in your Souper Sundays.

Zesty Cook said...

Laurie - I am so excited your bread turned out great! I am always nervous when people try my recipes :) Alot of great comfort foods. I love it