These days most people need fast food. Life tends to get in the way and meals that require significant prep time and cooking time are relegated to special occasions, family gatherings and those times when you find yourself at a loose end. For most people cooking becomes a chore and we rely on the same old pasta dishes, stir-fries and ready meals.
Prosciutto Wrapped Cod
Personally I spend time in the kitchen to de-stress. I love nothing more than spending hours chopping, prepping, mixing, measuring, baking etc. I don’t so much like the cleaning up as my better half will testify. Thankfully he tends not to complain about the mess too much, though he has threatened on more than one occasion to shame me by posting a picture of what ‘Rosanna’s Kitchen’ really looks like. That is best left for his and my eyes only (and often unfortunately seen by anyone who ever pays us an unexpected visit 😉 )
Prosciutto Wrapped Cod – served with spicy tomato sauce and green beans
I’m lucky that I can do that at weekends but during the week here it’s the same old story, up in the morning, commute to work, home, quick meal, tidy up, walk the dog and bed before it all starts again. I’m a big fan of my slow cooker! So often though we can’t be bothered and end up with a takeaway so I’m trying to gather a good repertoire of fast and easy meals. If there is a cookbook with the words 15 minutes in the title you can be sure I own it. Yes Jamie Oliver 15 Minute Meals I’m talking about you!
The beauty of fish is that it takes no time to cook. A fillet of salmon or cod takes about 12 minutes in a hot oven to cook. This prosciutto wrapped cod should satisfy even those who only eat their fish deep fried in batter.
Ingredients for Prosciutto Wrapped Cod
4 Fillets of Cod or any other meaty white fish (Coley, Haddock etc)
8 Slices of Prosciutto
1 Tin of Tomatoes
1 Heaped Teaspoon of chopped chilli in olive oil (Or one small red chilli deseeded and diced and a teaspoon of olive oil.)
Green Beans (frozen or fresh)
This meal really does only take 15 minutes from start to finish.
Turn your oven on to about 200C. On a cutting board lay out 2 slices of prosciutto, slightly overlapping on the longer side, you want it to be about as wide as your fillet is long. Take a fillet of cod and lie it across the center of the prosciutto. Fold the prosciutto from the top and bottom over the fish, repeat for each one. Pop on a baking tray and place in the oven.
Now fill and boil your kettle.
Take 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, 1 heaped teaspoon of chopped chilli in olive oil (Or dice one red chilli and add to a teaspoon of olive oil). Put it all in a small saucepan on a medium heat and bring to a simmer.
When your kettle has boiled put the green beans in a bowl or saucepan. Cover with boiling water and leave.
Take your tomatoes off of the heat, season a little with salt and black pepper, use a stick blender to blend. (Hey Presto! Tomato and chilli sauce!)
By now your fish should be cooked to perfection, that delicious sauce and those veggies taking about 12 mins to prep. Take the prosciutto wrapped cod out of the oven. Pop on a plate. Spoon over the sauce and serve with green veg.
Any leftover tomato sauce can go in the fridge and will last 3/4 days. Use it to make my spicy baked eggs – it’s delicious in those!