This dish is, in effect, a deconstructed New England codfish cake but made with fresh, not salt, cod and with parsnip purée rather than mashed potato. The flavorings, however, are the same.
For the parsnip purée:
- 1 ½ pounds parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ to ½ cup half and half
- ½ teaspoon powdered ginger or to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the cod:
- 2 pounds cod fillet, thickest part, at least 1 inch thick
- Flour for dusting
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Nutritional Information
Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.
Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)
462 calories; 19 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 7 grams monounsaturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 32 grams carbohydrates; 8 grams dietary fiber; 9 grams sugars; 42 grams protein; 135 milligrams cholesterol; 856 milligrams sodium
- Heat 2 quarts of water to boiling in a 6-quart stockpot. Add the parsnips and cook until tender, 10 minutes or so. Do not overcook. Drain, and in 2 batches pulse in a food processor with the butter and enough half and half to make a smooth consistency. Season carefully. The ginger taste should be subtle, not forceful. Keep warm.
- Cut the cod into four equal portions. Season flour with salt and pepper and dust fish lightly.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high flame. Add oil and butter and when shimmering carefully place cod, skinned side down, in the pan. Adjust flame, and when underside has begun to brown (about 3 minutes) turn each piece with wide spatula and wooden tongs. Be careful that cod doesn’t crumble or break apart. When cod is cooked through (after 6 or 7 minutes altogether, depending upon thickness), remove from heat.
- To serve, mound a portion of parnsip purée on each warm plate and carefully place cod atop purée. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve with boiled sweet peas or spinach sautéed in oil and garlic.