Cod Filets with Blue Cheese

Cod Filets with Blue Cheese
Serves  4 – 6

Ingredients:
2 – 2 ½ lbs. cod filets
1 Tbsp lemon juice or juice from ½ lemon
1 tsp. salt
½  tsp. white pepper (black pepper is okay)
50 grams blue cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp tomato paste
¼ tsp. onion salt
Finely chopped chives or leek

Preparations:
Preheat oven to  400° degrees.  Butter a  9 x 13 inch casserole dish.  Rinse the cod filets and place in casserole dish.  Squeeze lemon over filets and salt and pepper them.  Bake the fish in the oven for about 15 minutes. 

While the fish bakes, crumble the blue cheese into a bowl with the sour cream, tomato paste and onion salt.  Mix together.  Take out the fish and increase oven temperature to 425° degrees.  Pour the mixture over the fish and spread out over the top.  Bake an additional 10 minutes or until the fish is thoroughly cooked and bubbly on top.

Sprinkle the chives or leek over the top.  Serve with potato or rice, and a salad.

Many of the fish & seafood recipes I enjoy the most are the ones I’ve brought over with me from Sweden.  The Swedes know how to prepare wonderful fish dishes.  Cod is my third favorite fish to cook with, and it’s much more reasonably priced than Salmon, or Halibut, which are the other two I would eat much more of if they were affordable.   But when Halibut is close to $14.00 a pound, and Salmon is close $8.00 a pound “in season”, I would say that the cod I get at Fred Meyer for $3.99 a pound is a steal!  The only rule I won’t break with fish is that is has to be fresh, or at least be freshly frozen and thawed out the very day I prepare it.  Any fishy odor ruins a dish in my opinion.

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