This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Cod and Spinach Roulades, p 292) wasn’t one I would have chosen to make on my own probably – first of all, it’s fish. Ok, it’s cod so it’s not *too* fishy. But it’s a fish mousse that you roll around a spinach filling to make little fish sausages. That you steam. Doesn’t sound so appealing, right? In actual fact, this was one that surprised me a lot – not only was the taste surprisingly good but I also enjoyed learning the technique – it’s a fancy one, for sure and not one I might use on an everyday basis but it’s easy enough to make for a dinner party and will surely impress people with its delicate appearance and taste.
In all honestly, it took around 20 minutes to assemble the roulades, then they sat in the fridge for a few hours until I was ready to steam them. The filling is simply spinach, lemon zest, onion and garlic and the sausage part of the dish is fish, egg whites and cream. The were not so easy to cut once they were cooked/ steamed and my rounds were a little sloppy looking as you can see here, but when you place them in the lovely optional sauce, it looks a little better. I added the pesto which you were supposed to drizzle on top of the roulade to the tomato/ lemon sauce for a little bit more depth and loved the combination – would be perfect on pasta too!
Will I be making this again? Well, I enjoyed the challenge of making this and the taste pleased even my non fish-loving palate so it’s definitely on the “maybe” list.
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