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Chefs at Home: Baked Cod with Herbed Breadcrumbs, Roasted Beets and Black Lentils

Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 min
Difficulty: Advanced

The details of this dish - herbed breadcrumbs, beurre blanc sauce - make it shine. Roast the beets, cook the lentils, and make the herbed breadcrumbs in advance to streamline this delicious and beautiful codfish dish.  





For the beets

  • 6 baby beets, skin on
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar

For the lentils

  • ½ cup of lentils
  • 1 cup of water

For the breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup picked parsley leaves
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • ¼ cup tarragon leaves
  • 4 slices of stale or toasted bread
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

For the beurre blanc

  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • ¼ cup sliced shallot
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 4 ounces (one stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the cod

  • 1 pound cod filets
  • ½ cup of mayo
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


    The beets


    Heat oven to 400°F. Place beets in a baking dish with remaining ingredients. Roast for one hour, then check to see if beets are done by poking one with the tip of a paring knife. Continue to roast until soft, checking every 10 minutes or so. If you need to add water for liquid in pan, add ¼ cup at a time.


    Remove from oven and cool, then use a cloth to remove skin. Cut into quarters or cubes.

    The lentils


    Combine the lentils and water in a small pan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for about 30 minutes, until the water has made little wells in the lentils.


    Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste, and set aside until ready to plate.

    The breadcrumbs


    Place all ingredients except olive oil in the bowl of a food processor. Grind together until the mixture is combined and has a fine texture.


    Put the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and when it’s warm, add the breadcrumbs. Reduce heat to low and toast the breadcrumbs until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

    The beurre blanc


    Combine all ingredients except for the butter in a small pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and let the wine reduce till there is only about a ¼ cup.


    Whisk in the butter bit by bit over low heat – if it seems too warm, remove from heat and continue whisking in butter. Once you have a sauce that can coat a spoon it is ready. Strain through a fine strainer. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

    The cod


    Heat oven to 400°F.


    Pat the fish dry, brush mayo over the cod filets, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the fish with the breadcrumbs.


    Heat olive oil on low heat until warm (don’t let it get too hot) and lay the fish in the pan. Bake for about 8 minutes, then check to see if it’s done (if it flakes easily when poked with a fork, it’s done). Check every three minutes until cod is flaky and golden at edges.

    To serve


    Serve with roasted beets, black lentils, and a spoonful of beurre blanc.