I have to admit that I cook fish for dinner when I am in a hurry, or when I feel like my body has over-dosed on meat!
I am now admitting to having to get dinner ready ASAP, and that I was in dire need of something less filling. Fish is always my solution to these two inconveniences.
I was also still thinking about how my friend Lisa had cooked sweet potatoes with craisins the other night (see post for Beautifully Barbecued Pork with Sensational Side-Dishes) and was still dreaming about the taste of everything.
I was not going to copy it exactly, so I used the same basic ingredients, only different combinations. I used sweet potatoes, but made fries, and, used dried cranberries instead of craisins, and cooked them with salty bacon (to balance the sweetness), and spinach, to satisfy my need for “green-ness”
It turned into this fantastical feast of a dinner, and I felt as if we were in the pub back home, waiting for the music to start.
You will need: 2 lbs white fish (cod, catfish, tilapia), 4 tbs vegetable oil, 4 tbs olive oil, 2 large sweet potatoes, 1/2 lb bacon, sliced into 1 ” pieces, 1/3 cup dried cranberries, 8 cups fresh spinach leaves, 2 tsp cumin seeds, 2 tsp sea-salt (I used Maldon), 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper.
Preheat oven 450*
1 – Put saute pan on low/medium heat and add bacon to cold pan. When the bacon begins to get crispy, pour off some of the fat. Turn heat to low and add cranberries. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes.
2 – Add the spinach. Turn heat off and cover the pan until ready to serve (the spinach will have wilted nicely)
2 – While the spinach and cranberry thing is going on, get the sweet potatoes prepped and into the oven! Wash and dry sweet potatoes, and slice lengthways into 1/2″ slices. Slice into “chips” and put into a big bowl. Douce with 3 or 4 tbs of olive oil and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mix together.
3 – While you are doing this (I know, a lot to keep track of, but try to go with the flow!). Put 2 tbs of olive oil onto a baking sheet and place in warming oven. When oven comes to temperature, take sheet out and spread the potatoes in an even layer. Place back in oven and time for 22 minutes. take out, turn fries and place back into oven for 12 more minutes. By this time the rest of dinner will be ready.
4 – While fries are in oven and spinach dish is cooking, start frying the fish. Put big saute pan on medium heat and add 2 tbs of vegetable oil. Season the fish with cumin seeds, salt and pepper and add to the pan when the oil has warmed. Put lid on pan and cook for 4 minutes. Take lid off and repeat for 4 more minutes. Take fish off of pan and keep warm and cook the next batch.
The fish will has a slight crispines, while staying soft and tender.
Divide all the components between 4 warmed plates, and get busy eating!