Saturday, August 13, 2011

Catfish Fillet en Croute

As we eat not so often meat and prefer instead fish I often have the difficultie to find some new Recipe, some delicious combination to vary the preparation...  Looking through my recipe books I stopped by a recipe from Jamie Oliver in his Book Ministry of Food which I like very much as it contains a lot of simple but very tasty recipes. One of those is this fish en Croute what mainly consists in a fisch wrapped in puff pastry. Basically not a very surprising combination fisch and puff pastry.. but he adds tomatoes, olive tapenade, fresh basil leaves and mozzarella..and here it is the recipe with this little twist that makes out of a simple fish a great meal. In the original recipe it is prepared with salmon in one piece and then divided among the eaters. I did it this time in single serving sizes. In my opinion this looks nicer to serve on the plate especially when you have guests...
You need (serves 4 - 6 persons):
- 700 g Catfisch Fish fillet (or you take a big one or you divide it in piece or you buy smaller filets to use directly as single portion..)
- 2 ready rolled puff pastry; 275 g
- a bunch of fresh basil (with rather great leaves)
- 4 Tomatoes
- 4 Tbsp. black olive Tapenade paste
- 200 g Mozzarella Cheese
- Olive oil, salt and pepper
- 1 Egg
To prepare:
1. Roll the puff pastry and divide according to your intended serving sizes and fish fillet pieces
2. Slice the tomatoes not to thin
3. Place the fish fillet on the puff pastry, season with salt and pepper, spread the tapenade out over the top
4. Place the picked basil leaves, then the tomatoe slices over the fish
5. Tear the mozarella into pieces and scatter on top
6. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil
7. Gather up the sides of the puff pastry and paint the edges with a beaten egg
8. Place on a oven tray armed with some parchment paper (if you do one big piece it is easier to start by placing the puff pastry right from the beginning on the tray) and bake for about 30 minutes (until golden brown and crispy) at the bottom of your to 200 C preheated oven



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