Mediterranean-Style Cod Over Couscous

After making this delicious dinner many, many times we decided to add some Kalamata olives for a little extra color. What a wonderful addition!  Not only did it add color but the olives added a little brininess to the Mediterranean flavor! Below is the original posting now with the addition of the olives. See Notes below for Gluten-free options.

While relaxing on my front porch after repotting some plants today, Teresa pulled up with some cod for tonight’s dinner. Cod is one of those fish that takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with making a Mediterranean-style dinner absolutely delicious. We were wondering what we had on hand to make with it and I found a half-full jar of pearl couscous! We had some grape tomatoes, plenty of garlic, onions, & feta cheese, along with a garden full of fresh herbs. We set about making dinner. We’ve said this before and it’s very true…some of the best dinners we make are thrown together with what we have on hand. This dinner turned out fabulous…we were counting on leftovers but NONE were to be had!

 

Mediterranean-Style Cod over Couscous

While relaxing on my front porch after repotting some plants today, Teresa pulled up with some cod for tonight's dinner. Cod is one of those fish that takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with making a Mediterranean-style dinner absolutely delicious. We were wondering what we had on hand to make with it and I found a half-full jar of pearl couscous! We had some grape tomatoes, plenty of garlic, onions, & feta cheese, along with a garden full of fresh herbs. We set about making dinner. We've said this before and it's very true...some of the best dinners we make are thrown together with what we have on hand. This dinner turned out fabulous...we were counting on leftovers but NONE were to be had!😋❤️
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 553kcal

Equipment

  • Large deep skillet with cover
  • Large rimmed baking sheet
  • Large skillet with cover

Ingredients 

  • pounds fresh cod fillets
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to sprinkle lightly over fish
  • 1 sprig fresh greek oregano chopped (approximately 1 Tablespoon)
  • 2- pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 6-8 large cloves of garlic peeled and left whole
  • EVOO to drizzle over fish and tomatoes & garlic
  • 3 ounces Kalamata Olives pitted & cut in half
  • cups pearl couscous also known as Israeli couscous
  • cup chicken broth
  • 1 large sweet onion roughly chopped
  • 6-8 large cloves garlic peeled & minced
  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach a few large handfuls
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces Feta cheese we use President's Chunk

Instructions

  • In a large skillet add the Israeli/pearl couscous to a dry, hot skillet. Gently stir to prevent burning. After a few minutes, the couscous will start to brown.  Do not burn. Not all the couscous will brown & that's ok.
  • Add the chicken stock, cover, lower heat, and simmer about 15-18 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
  • In a large, deep skillet, saute the onions until they start to caramelize then add garlic & cook another minute. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  • Add the cooked onions, garlic, & spinach to the couscous. Stir well. Cover and set aside until fish is done.
  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil.  Turn oven to broil. Once hot, reduce the oven temperature to 425º.
  • Wash tomatoes then coat them along with the whole cloves of garlic (skin on) with 1-2 Tablespoons of EVOO. Sprinkle with salt. Combine well. Place on a lined baking sheet.
  • Place baking sheet on the top oven rack and bake for 15-20 minutes at  425ºF, until tomatoes blister & garlic is soft.
  • Remove from the oven when done. Using a fork or a wooden spoon, smash the garlic. Take half the tomatoes plus the juice and garlic then add to couscous, mixing well.
  • Just before serving, crumble & add the Feta cheese & Kalamata olives to the couscous and combine.
  • Using the same rimmed baking sheet, drizzle EVOO and arrange the pieces of cod on the sheet. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt & pepper, chopped fresh greek oregano. Drizzle lightly with EVOO and place on center rack of 425º oven.
  • Cook 10-16 minutes, depending on the thickness of cod until it's opaque & flakes.
  • To serve, place cooked couscous mixture on a serving platter and top with fish fillets. Sprinkle with remaining blistered tomatoes & garlic. Garnish with sprigs of fresh oregano or thyme.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Use any white fish of your choice including, shrimp, lobster, and/or scallops in place of cod.
Dried oregano or thyme may be used in place of fresh. For every 1 Tablespoon of fresh herbs use 1 tsp dried.
To make this recipe Gluten-Free use GF pearl couscous, GF small pasta, or rice in place of regular pearl couscous.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 106.5mg | Sodium: 1874mg | Potassium: 1679mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5459IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 4mg
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Baked Stuffed Eggplant & Sardines 🍆🐟

Baked Stuffed Eggplant & Sardines

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy

Not everyone likes sardines but Teresa and I love them! To be honest, when my husband & son heard I was making sardines & eggplant they made some weird faces. I told them that's what I was cooking so they could either join me or cook for themselves! The combination of eggplant, sardines, garlic, onions, and tomatoes was making my mouth water. This dish doesn't have a strong 'fishy' taste at all but the flavor is reminiscent of Sicilian cuisine. My son had one request; please add some tomato sauce to it. Since I didn't have any made I whipped up a quick sauce using Italian stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic & oil. At first, their faces were very skeptical and then they took their first bites. I'm pretty sure they didn't want to say they liked it, but those weird faces turned to smiles and both wanted to split the 4th eggplant, which I immediately said 'NO', it's mine and Teresa's lunch for tomorrow! Moral of the story: never be afraid to cook what comes into your head because it just might be a new family favorite...you never know. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 (4.375 oz) cans skinless boneless sardines in olive oil, drained and flaked
  • 2 large eggplants, cut in half lengthwise (leave stems on)
  • 1/3 cup EVOO
  • 1 Tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 ½ large sweet onions, diced
  • 4-6 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1  (14 ounce) cans Hunt’s Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoons Hunt’s Italian style tomato paste with garlic & basil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano (more or less to taste, fresh oregano may be substituted.)
  • 1/4 cup grated Locatelli cheese (Pecorino Romano)
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Quick Tomato Sauce (any homemade or jar sauce is fine) more if you are serving with pasta

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
    2. Cut eggplants in half, lengthwise with the stem attached. Score the flesh in a criss-cross pattern being careful not to cut through the skins.
    3. In a large skillet on medium heat, heat 1/3 cup oil then lower heat. Add the eggplant, flesh down. Cover and cook until completely softened but not falling apart. About 10 minutes. Carefully flip over and cook until soft, about 5 minutes more. You may have to do this in 2 batches if your skillet isn’t large enough.
    4. When done, let cool in a separate dish. Once cooled, leaving a 1/8-inch border, gently scoop eggplant flesh into a bowl and chop. Lightly drizzle some EVOO on the bottom of a baking dish and place the eggplant shells gently inside, close to each other to support them from flattening.
    5. In the same pan, add the 1 Tablespoon EVOO and saute onions for about 6-7 minutes on medium heat. Add all remaining ingredients including the chopped eggplant & flaked sardines, except the grated Locatelli and mozzarella cheeses. Remove from heat and combine well.
    6. Sprinkle with Locatelli cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese then top with 1 or 2 spoonfuls of quick sauce down the middle, again sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese again. Bake about 5-10  minutes or until cheese melts.
    7. Serve by itself or over your favorite pasta!

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    Gluten-Free Lobster Seafood Chowder – Twiins Style🦞🍤🦀

    Gluten-Free Lobster Seafood Chowder - Twiins Style

    • Servings: 6
    • Difficulty: Easy

    If you're a lobster & seafood lover, this chowder is a must-try. It's filled with lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, shrimp, corn kernels, all delivered in a silky, creamy texture that's loaded with seafood flavor. (When we made this batch we were out of carrots so you won't see any in the photo. We never missed them; however, they do add a pleasant sweetness when included). One spoonful and you'll be transported to the waterfronts of Maine or Cape Cod.

    Ingredients

    • 2 -3 Tablespoons butter
    • 4  celery stalks, cut into 1/4″ slices
    • 3 large carrots, sliced into 1/4″ slices
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 1½ Tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
    • salt & freshly ground pepper to taste (optional)
    • 6 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2” cubes.
    • 1 -2 Tablespoon Old Bay® Seasoning Blend. (to taste)
    • 6 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill® Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour (regular flour if gluten-free not needed)
    • 2 cups lobster broth (Better than Bouillon Lobster Base -2 tsp mixed in 16 oz. hot water)
    • 1  – 15.25 oz. corn kernels drained well or frozen can be used
    • 1 lb. lobster meat, cooked and cut into large chunks
    • 1 lb. jumbo lump crab meat (we use Phillips)
    • 1 lb. shrimp, cleaned, deveined, and tails removed
    • 1  8-oz. bottle clam juice
    • 1 cup 2% milk
    • 1 cup half and half

    Directions

    1. Chop vegetables and set aside.
    2. Add butter into a large deep stockpot over medium heat.
    3. Add the tomato paste and stir well for 1 minute. Then add the onion, celery, thyme, salt, pepper, Old Bay seasoning, and potatoes.
    4. Cook vegetables 5 -6 minutes, then sprinkle in flour a little at a time. Cook mixture for 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the flour is no longer visible.
    5. Stir in the milk, half & half, lobster broth, and clam juice into the onion/potato mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are softened about 6-8 minutes.
    6. At this point, the soup should be nicely thickened. If you like thinner soup add a little more broth,  1/8 cup at a time.
    7. Add lobster, crabmeat, shrimp & corn.
    8. Stir well to combine.
    9. Continue to simmer until shrimp are pink and opaque, no longer grayish and translucent. Do not overcook.
    10. Taste. Add additional salt, pepper, or Old Bay to taste.
    11. Ladle into soup bowls and top with gluten-free crackers, hot sauce, or sliced scallions.
    12. If serving buffet style, keep chowder warm in a crockpot on the keep warm setting.

     

     

    Note:  If you like more corn in your chowder, just add another can or frozen kernels.

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