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Pan-seared cod with potato and smoked sausage purée

April 26, 2006
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles…)

Total time: 1 hour

Servings: 6

Note: From "The Bistros, Brasseries and Wine Bars of Paris," by Daniel Young. Young calls for skin-on cod fillets but The Times' Test Kitchen used the more widely available skinless. Bristol Farms markets usually carry cod fillets.

2 pounds potatoes

7 tablespoons unsalted butter (about 3/4 stick), divided

1 small red onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped

1/2cup dry white wine

1/2pound smoked sausage, thinly sliced

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

6 (6-ounce) cod fillets

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped chives.

1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Peel the potatoes, cut them into small cubes, place in a saucepan, cover with cold water, heat to a boil and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes, place in a baking dish or pan and set in the oven to dry out and stay warm, 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent, 7 to 9 minutes.

3. Raise the heat, add the wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, stirring frequently, 5 minutes.

4. Combine with the potatoes in a large bowl, season generously with salt and pepper, and mash with a potato masher until the potatoes are fairly smooth. Cover and keep warm.

5. Combine the lemon juice, zest and 2 teaspoons of water in a saucepan over moderately high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and whisk in the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until all the butter is incorporated and the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and cover.

6. Rinse and pat dry the cod fillets and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat, add the fillets, and cook until one side is crisp and browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the fillets and cook until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove the bones.

7. To serve, place a mound of the potatoes and sausage in the center of six plates, flatten each with a spatula, top with a cod fillet, browned side up, sprinkle with chives and drizzle with lemon butter sauce.

Each serving: 559 calories; 34 grams protein; 30 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 32 grams fat; 13 grams saturated fat; 122 mg. cholesterol; 445 mg. sodium.

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