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Friday 4 September 2015

Broccoli Bouquets Wrapped In Pancetta Served With Cod


One of my friends said 'this is quite simply divine' and I wouldn't argue. A lovely tasting dish ... the trick is getting the pancetta wound around the broccoli tenderstem ... but practise can make perfect !

Serves Four
3 cloves garlic, crushed
4 shallots, peeled and finely sliced
1 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped
1/2 bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
1/2 bunch fresh flat parsley, finely chopped
3 sprigs fresh thyme, shredded
8 pieces (Tenderstem®) Broccoli
Sea salt flakes
2 tbsp Black pepper, freshly ground
½ tsp nutmeg, ground
4 slices Italian pancetta
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 medium cod fillets, skinless and boneless (approximately 600g in total)

1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil.
2. In the meantime, crush the garlic, peel and finely slice the shallots, chop all the herbs and set to one side.
3. When the water comes to the boil, add the (Tenderstem®) Broccoli and cook for 2-3 minutes depending on the thickness of the stem. Drain the (Tenderstem®) Broccoli and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
4. Divide the cooked (Tenderstem®) Broccoli into pairs and wrap one slice of pancetta around each pair, as if you were making a bouquet, sprinkle with the nutmeg and set to one side.
5. Take a large frying pan, pour the extra virgin olive oil, add the garlic, shallots, herbs, salt and pepper, and cook on a low-medium heat for 3-4 minutes until the shallots soften and start to colour. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.
6. Place the cod in the frying pan and cook for 5 minutes, turning the fillets gently once. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, place the (Tenderstem®) Broccoli bouquets in the frying pan alongside the cod fillets. Using tongs, turn the (Tenderstem®) Broccoli frequently so that the pancetta colours evenly. When the pancetta is crisp, turn the heat off.
7. Serve immediately, making sure you scoop up the flavour-some mixture of the oil, garlic, shallots and herbs.
8. If you do not have a large frying pan, separate the cod from the (Tenderstem®) Broccoli bouquets and cook in two separate frying pans.

Original recipe idea here 

Such a lovely dish ...

... and how about a slice of cheesecake for dessert?


lime and vanilla low carb cheesecake
see recipe here 

Cheers - Happy Friday

All the best Jan


Jo said...

Yum yum, a lovely meal. Have a good weekend.

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comment Jo ... this is a lovely meal.

Thanks for your good wishes, hope you have a great weekend too.
I'm hoping the weather will improve !!

All the best Jan

TexWisGirl said...

oh, the cod looks good!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I was all in with just the cod, broccoli and pancetta, but then you offered cheesecake - I'll be right over!

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comment Theresa (TexWisGirl)

The cod is just delicious!

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comment Amy - this is such a lovely meal, and I'm 'virtually' serving it now for you. LOL!

The fish, broccoli and pancetta followed by the lovely fresh tasting cheesecake - just a winner. Perhaps you may include these ideas soon in your menu plans?

Hope your weekend is going well.

All the best Jan