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FFwD: Cod and Spinach Roulades

FFwD: Cod and Spinach Roulades

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was a very interesting thing indeed — so interesting, in fact, that I am a day late in getting the post up.

Cod and Spinach Roulades — a spinach and onion filling, wrapped up in fish mousse, steamed and served with tomato sauce and pesto. Kind of like an Italian-French fish tamale?

I don’t see the recipe officially online, so I can’t link to it, but it can be found in the cookbook, Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

1. I did not use plastic wrap. I know that it is probably fine, but I just don’t like the idea of wrapping plastic around food and then heating it. So…I used parchment paper. And it was moderately successful. It did let some steam/condensation in while steaming, but the fish still held together fine.

2. No cream on hand and didn’t want to go buy some for such a small amount, so I used a mixture of full-fat Greek yogurt and non-fat milk for a substitute. It seemed to work. I also substituted some plain lemon zest for the preserved lemon zest.

3. Plating was not as pretty as I envisioned it in my head. Sigh.

4. We liked it but it seemed a little bland. Maybe more garlic? Also, it was a lot of work. Not entirely sure the end result was worth it. I did love the lemon in the tomato sauce though.

5. Unrelated to this post, I am having a giveaway for Freekeh (green wheat — a whole grain and a great substitute for rice or pasta). Go to this post to enter by Sunday, April 21.

Okay, my photos below and a link to everyone’s French Fridays posts this week!

FFwD: Cod and Spinach Roulades

FFwD: Cod and Spinach Roulades

FFwD: Cod and Spinach Roulades

4 comments to FFwD: Cod and Spinach Roulades

  • I was wondering how parchment paper would work on this (the plastic wrap left me a little nervous) – it looks like it did well keeping things together.

    “Italian-French fish tamale” – that is a very good way to describe this dish!

  • I think your plating looks good, especially as the fish rolls weren’t the most attractive. The contrast between the fish and tomato sauce is quite striking. Nice job.

  • mlb

    Cher: Yep, works just fine. Like I mentioned, lets a little moisture in, but not enough to really affect the finished roulades.

    Betsy: Thank you! :)

  • It’s good to know that parchment paper works for this recipe – I’m not a fan of cooking with plastic, either, though it seemed fine this time.