Cod wrapped in parma ham with creamy leek sauce

Make a dinner party special with Jane and Scarlett Rowleys sophisticated cod dish
Cod wrapped in parma ham with creamy leek sauce
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

For the cod

  • 4 small loins of cod
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 slices Parma ham
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes, on the vine
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

For the sauce

  • 25 g butter
  • 2 leeks, finely sliced
  • 275 ml double cream
  • 200 g parmesan
  • mashed potatoes, to serve

Tips and Suggestions

To reduce the fat content in this dish, you could serve it with a tomato based sauce or salsa instead of the creamy leek sauce. For more information on healthier eating see eatwell.gov.uk

Method

1. For the cod: Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the cod loins, season with black pepper and then wrap each loin with three slices of parma ham. Place on a baking sheet seam side down and arrange the tomatoes around them. Sprinkle the tomatoes with the rest of the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the fish feels firm and begins to flake when pressed.

2. For the sauce: While the fish is roasting, heat the butter in a large pan and soften the leeks for 8 minutes until translucent, then pour in the cream and bring to a simmer to thicken slightly. Stir in the parmesan cheese and season with black pepper. Carve each cod loin into thick medallions, arrange on plates then serve with the sauce and a dollop of mash.

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