Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Way Back Wednesday: 17th Century Mustard-and-Anchovy Broiled Fish

Mustard Anchovy Fish

This recipe is from the "17th-Century England" chapter in Esther B. Aresty's The Delectable Past, which was recommended to me by Susan at The Well-Seasoned Cook. As usual, I've used cheap, domestic, sustainable Pollock. I've gotten to the point where I almost always have some in the freezer. It defrosts quickly and cooks quickly, which is perfect. Once thawed, this dish only takes about 10 minutes of cooking. I served it with rice and sautéed mushrooms and green beans (I grew the green beans myself!).

Mustard-and-Anchovy Broiled Fish

2 white-fish filets
pinch mustard powder
1/2 (2 oz) can of anchovy filets (about 6)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 lemon
1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed

Preheat broiler and place oven rack in top portion of oven. Place the filets in a broiler-safe casserole, season with pepper and mustard powder, then place the anchovy filets on top of the fish filets. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the butter, juice from the lemon and garlic clove. Heat until butter melts, then pour mixture over the top of the fish. Throw the squeezed-out lemon half into the casserole as well. Put the casserole under the broiler and broil the fish for about 8 to 12 minutes (depending on thickness) until opaque. Remove casserole from the oven and serve fish immediately with sauce poured over it.

Serves 2

Adapted from "Flounder with Mustard and Anchovies" in Esther B. Aresty, The Delectable Past (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1964), 86.

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Quatrième entrée:
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  1. Fish on fish, you can't go wrong with this one. I'm one of the few who love anchovy!

  2. I love anchovy, too--can't have a respectable Caesar salad without them!

  3. Another brilliant historical recipe and post......we have the same taste in cookbooks too! Wonderful Lauren!

  4. Ok, this is right up my alley! I am a big anchovy fan (just had olives wrapped in anchovies the other day - highly recommend) and like the combination here with mustard and lemon in a fish dish. Very nice! Beautiful green beans, too!

  5. I am impressed that you grow your own beans. The meal looks quite delicious.


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