Healthy Fish and Chips for Fish on Friday:
Baked Hake & Oven Chips
It’s Friday and that means Fish On Friday for us! I know I have not posted many fish on Friday posts over the summer, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been eating fish, on the contrary, we have enjoyed all sorts of fish and seafood over the summer holidays, from sea bass to crab and haddock to moules (mussels). In fact just last week I cooked some seafood and fish skewers on my La Plancha, recipe to follow, outdoors, just before the weather broke. We tend to eat fish at least twice a week and it is always enjoyed. Although I have never met a fish I didn’t like, I do have some favourites, and one of my top favourites is Hake. I even prefer hake over haddock and cod, which are also favourites of mine, along with lemon sole, pollack, salmon and all smoked fish. It’s a firm almost sweet tasting fish that is meaty with a nice flake. Slightly drier in texture to cod, it is perfect for all recipes that use fish, especially soups, pies and casseroles, as it holds its shape during cooking. Although I do have a tried and tested hake recipe for Pan-Fried Garlic and Peppered Hake Fillets, it was fish and chips that I was hankering for today.
I was lucky enough to receive a lovely hamper of fish from John of Delish Fish recently, all beautifully packed in individual packets for ease of freezing. My hamper contained all of my favourite fish – salmon, wild haddock, wild hake and lemon sole. John’s fish is superb – it’s all filleted, boned, skinned and ready to cook and serve. I also know it’s provenance, as it is caught of the North West coast of Scotland, landed in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, where it is then bought and prepared by John on the same day it’s landed. John also has a NEW SHOP in Aberdeen now too, so, if you are local to Aberdeen, you must give him a visit for your daily fish! But, he still operates his amazing mail order service for fresh Scottish fish, which you can order via his website here: Delish Fish Online Store. My recipe today, for Baked Hake & Oven Chips, is also a perfect way to celebrate Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, which runs from the 7th to the 22nd September.
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is the annual celebration of Scotland’s fantastic produce, which takes place every September. Managed by Scotland Food & Drink since 2009, the Fortnight is more successful every year with more than 220 events taking place in 2012.
Last year’s participants included retailers from large supermarkets to independent farm shops, restaurants and cafés, food festivals, farmers’ markets, food groups and visitor attractions. They celebrated the Fortnight with a range of activities including in-store tastings, one-off menus, farm tours, foraging days, cooking and baking classes and food and drink festivals.
Celebrate Scotland’s fantastic food and drink at home or at any one of the great events around the country from the 7th to the 22nd. This September, Eat Scottish!
Now I would like to say that I DO love a good fish and chips takeaway or carry out, as we sometimes call them. And, I also love fish and chips as a special meal out, in one of several good local chippies who have dining facilities; but, it’s such a faff to cook at home, and even though I LOVE to cook my mum’s fish and chip recipe for Real English Fish and Chips With Yorkshire Beer Batter, you need time and space to cook fish and chips in batter at home, something I don’t have at my disposal today. So, step in an EASY and MESS FREE one tray recipe for fish and chips, that’s also healthy too. Simply peel a couple of spuds, and throw them into a roasting tray with a little oil, sea salt and black pepper – then bake them for half an hour whilst you coat your hake with a little flour, egg and breadcrumbs, OR crushed cornflakes for a gluten-free option. Add the fish to the tray for 15 to 20 minutes and voila, you have a fabulous family meal cooked with no mess or hassle. I LOVE one pan methods of cooking, it let’s me get on with other chores and means less washing up.
This recipe is perfect for any family supper, and the children will love it as hake is such a mild fish, although you can use cod, haddock, halibut or any other meaty fish you have available. I served mine with fresh minted peas, but forgot to photograph them. Salad is also a great accompaniment and salt, pepper, malt vinegar and fresh lemon wedges are essential too, I think. I hope you enjoy this simple recipe if you make it, as much as we did last time we ate it. That’s all for today, have a fabulous Friday and weekend, and see you soon with more recipes and news. Karen
I am linking up with Foodie Friday for this Fish on Friday Recipe
And I am also linking up to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays too!
Disclaimer: I received a hamper of Scottish fish for free from Delish Fish. I was not required to write a review, however, I like to recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be helpful for my readers. Karen S Burns-Booth