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Roasted cod with celery walnut & olive stuffing

Roasted cod with celery walnut & olive stuffing

Quick and easy to make whilst being very light and healthy, this is good food at its best. The crunchy mixture of the nuts, breadcrumbs and crunchy, sweet celery make a lovely contrast to the soft, creamy cod.

  • Preparation: 10 mins
  • Cooking: 20 mins
  • Serves: 4

What you need:

  • 4 x approx 150g cod loin fillets
  • 40g Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 sticks Fenland celery, finely sliced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 40g walnuts, finely chopped
  • 40g black olives, sliced
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g cherry tomatoes on the vine, separated into bunches

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven 200c/ 180c fan/ gas 7. Grease a shallow roasting tray or heatproof baking dish large enough to hold the fish fillets and tomatoes on the vine.
  2. Mix together the breadcrumbs, Fenland celery, zest of the lemon, parsley, chopped walnuts and olives. Stir in 1 tbsp of the olive oil and a good squeeze of lemon juice, season to taste.
  3. Pat the cod fillets dry with kitchen paper, place on the baking tray and spread evenly with the creme fraiche then top generously with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing down lightly to ensure a good coating. Add the cherry tomatoes to the tray and sprinkle with the remaining olive oil.
  4. Cook in the oven for approx. 15 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the topping golden.
  5. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and some new potatoes.

Cook's tip:

Fenland celery is a heritage variety of celery grown in the Cambridgeshire Fens. In 2013, Fenland celery was awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status and joined the ranks of Parma ham, Champagne and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies. Fenland celery is only grown in small pockets of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk using traditional farming methods. The deep, peaty soils in the Fens work towards giving Fenland celery its nutty-sweet flavour and paler colour. Fenland celery is available from October to December and can be found in Waitrose, Ocado, Wholefoods and Marks & Spencer.

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Fenland Celery

Fenland Celery

Fenland Celery is a heritage winter celery variety. It is paler in colour than standard celery and has unique ‘nutty-sweet’ flavour.
The unique growing method involves banking the soil up around the celery head as it grows to protect it from the frost and gives the celery its exceptional flavour.

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