Cabillaud and Cauliflower Parmentier

As you might recall, cabillaud is cod and in February’s French issue of Saveurs magazine I found a fantastic recipe for a gratin of cod and cauliflower.  I don’t know whether the English version is the same but it’s worth having a look because this issue has some wonderful pictures and recipes.

What is interesting about this recipe is that it includes mustard seed and hot mustard or moutarde forte.  Silly me, I thought that 2 tablespoons of mustard seed would be too strong so I only mixed in one.  I was wrong.  This was delicious but the extra tablespoon of mustard seed would have put this over the top.   Next time.

Cod and Cauliflower Parmentier 

800 g cod fillets

800 g cauliflower, separated into florets

50 g butter

1 tbsp creme fraiche

1 tbsp hot mustard

2 tbsp mustard seed

2 shallots, chopped

1 small bunch of parsley, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

40 g bread crumbs

50 g gruyere or comte cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

Boil the cauliflower in salted water for 15 minutes.  Drain and mash with half the butter, the creme fraiche, the mustard seed, salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Fry the cod on one side in the olive oil over a hot flame for about 3 minutes, turn and add the shallots and parsley, continuing to cook for another 3 minutes, breaking up the fish with a fork.  Add the mustard and cook for another 2 minutes.

Place the fish in 4 individual ramekins, topping with the cauliflower, cheese and bread crumbs.  Melt the remaining butter and pour over the tops.

Cook in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 25 minutes.

Wine suggestion:  Cremant de Bourgogne

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10 Responses to Cabillaud and Cauliflower Parmentier

  1. ceciliag says:

    This sounds like something I could make. I can get frozen cod out here. A lovely simple dish . thank you.. c

  2. Thank you c

  3. Sounds wonderful and I love how you always have the right ramekin for the occasion.

  4. This looks awesome and I love the little pot. I must continue to expand my “little pot collection” ASAP!

  5. betty says:

    this is such a great way of eating fish! my brother inly likes fish if it’s fish and chips but I bet that he will love it like this

    • Yes, the males in my family are not eager fish eaters either but this is something that they would eat with pleasure. You don’t have to put this in individual pots. It will work fine in a large casserole.

  6. katyarich says:

    Beautiful recipe, looks absolute delicious……thanks for sharing.

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