Sunday, April 20, 2014

Baked Cod with Mango Butter Sauce

Spring is in full force in Portland! The flowers are blooming, the trees are leafing out, the temps are rising (thank goodness!) and lighter food is hitting our table more and more often. I found the recipe for this mango butter sauce a really long time ago in some sort of magazine... I made it once, wrote it down and tossed the mag - totally out of character - I wonder what else was in there! Anyway, this is a great, tangy, citrusy, rich sauce that's good on chicken or fish. Most recently we ate this over a super easy cod baked over sliced onions. On the side we had roasted asparagus and rice cooked with saffron, green onions and pine nuts. So good!!

Mango Butter Sauce
This recipe makes plenty for 6 - makes about a cup of sauce

1/2 cup sherry
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 ripe mangos, peeled and roughly chopped (or 1 cup of mango juice, like Kerns Nectar, or frozen mango chunks)
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup of butter, cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
Chopped cilantro to top

In a saute pan, cook the shallots in the sherry until the sherry has cooked down to about 2 tablespoons, about 7 minutes.

While the shallots and sherry cooks, peel and chop the mangos. In a blender or food processor, blend mangos, orange juice, and vinegar until pureed. (If using the mango juice, skip this blending step.)

Add the mango juice to the cooked down sherry and shallots. Reduce to low heat and cook until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in butter pieces, salt and pepper. Keep over very low heat until ready to use.

Baked Cod Over Onions
Preheat oven to 350
Serves 4

4 filets of cod (or other mild, white fish)
1 onion, sliced very finely 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper

Spread butter over a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange slices of onion over the butter. Place filets over the onions and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake uncovered for 25 minutes, or until this fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.  

Things made this time last year...

Baked Gnocchi
Potato Galette

White Chicken Chili

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