Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fish Cakes with Red Pepper Gravy and Spinach Mashers

I absolutely love this recipe for fish cakes. This is the third time I've made it and every time I remark how easy it is to make, that it tastes amazing and is gorgeous on the plate.

Fish Cakes with Red Pepper Gravy and Spinach Mashers
Rachael Ray

3 large starchy potatoes, peeled and cut cubed
1 lemon
1 1/4 pounds fresh cod fish
1/4 cup vegetable oil, eyeball it
2 teaspoons seafood seasoning blend, (recommended: Old Bay) 2/3 palm full
2 ribs celery and their greens, finely chopped
1 small yellow skinned onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, a few sprigs
3 to 4 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, a handful
Black pepper
1 egg
2 cups plain bread crumbs
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup cream or half-and-half
1 pound triple washed spinach leaves, stemmed and chopped

Place potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Put a lid on the pot and bring the water up to a boil. Salt water and cook potatoes until tender, 15 minutes.

Bring 1/2-inch water to a simmer in a large nonstick skillet. Zest a lemon and reserve. Cut lemon and season the fish the some lemon juice and salt and add to the simmering water. Cover pan and cook fish 8 minutes.

Remove and flake fish into a bowl. Discard water and wipe out pan, returning it to heat over medium flame and add 1/4 cup vegetable oil. To the fish, add reserved lemon zest, seafood seasoning, celery, onion, thyme, parsley, salt, and pepper to fish. Add egg and 1 cup of the bread crumbs. Form 8 fish patties and toss in remaining bread crumbs to set the patties.

Add 1/4 cup vegetable oil to the cleaned out pan and heat over medium flame.

Cook patties in the oil for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until golden and reserve under foil or in warm oven. Return skillet to heat again over medium flame and melt in 2 tablespoons of butter then add the red bell peppers and shallots and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add in flour and cook a minute more. Whisk in broth, thicken, and season with salt and pepper to make savory red pepper gravy.

Drain cooked potatoes and return to hot pot. Add in remaining butter, garlic and 1/4 cup cream or half & half. Mash and season the potatoes with salt and pepper. Fold in spinach leaves until they all wilt into potatoes.

To serve, pile spinach mashers on plates and top with patties and gravy.
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  1. Oh yum!! And where was *I* when you were serving this delicious looking treat??? Hmmmmm????????

  2. what is it with this recipe?? remember I saw her making it on that episode, at one of the restaurants in my work complex, right after you posted it? well, I got the RR book for christmas and I flipped to this one last night and was telling steve about it and how we need to try it. hee hee. I think it's fate.

  3. Mom - Is this something you guys would like? If so I'll make it for you for dinner sometime. :)

    Melissa - You have to try it! Seriously, it's getting to be ridiculous now how many times we've discussed it, you've seen it on TV, read about it on my blog, etc. :P

  4. Nummy we would say at home. YES, this is absolutely something we would LOVE. In fact, just last night we were trying to figure out a way that you could cook for us EVERY night. I'd be happy just doing a drive-by...holding my cooler out the window for you, driving around the block while you fill it up, and they roll by your house, window open, while you toss the cooler in the car! What do you think about that????? Mom

  5. Mom - Remind me of this the next time we have you over. :)

    Sigh...if only I could make a career out of this. You guys could be one of my first customers!


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