Haddock en Papillote with a Crab Salsa Verde

For this dish I am utilizing the classic French technique of steaming fish, or other items, enclosed in a paper packet. For this recipe I am using a filet of local haddock, a sustainable member of the cod family, with mild firm flesh and a moist texture. The fish is set on a bed of thinly sliced Winter citrus, shaved fennel and julienned leeks, then tightly sealed in parchment. These can be made ahead and should be cooked just before serving and cut open tableside for a dramatic presentation. TO add an extra layer of flavor, dimension and color I added a classic Italian Salsa Verde, a puree EVOO with fresh herbs, anchovies, capers and garlic, with the addition of some of delicious crabmeat to make it extra special and even more delicious. We hope you enjoy.

Hash Crusted Cod

I thought this name was funny as my wife is on business in Amsterdam this week. Actually when I think of cod, I think of when I worked in Fall River, Massachusetts the Portuguese capital of the US. I think cod, I think clams, chorizo, kale, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, white wine, I think Fall River. Well I wanted to try something new and different. I love corned beef hash but I also love Caldo Verde, so why not a crab-chorizo hash as a crust on some cod, all the flavors of the classic Portuguese soup and some clams just because. The crust is simply finely shredded potato, crab, cooked chorizo and some egg to hold it together. Place on the fish and cooked until a crispy and crunchy crust forms and the fish is soft and flaky. Served over a sauté of roasted tomatoes, white beans, garlic and baby kale. Then there are the clams, steamed and served in a white wine broth around the fish. And then the fish is crowned with decorative potato rounds for extra crunch just becuase.