Portuguese Cod Fish Casserole

A recipe from the Canadian Food Network.

This is a great tasting Cod Fish Reciperom Portugal. This recipe would be traditionally made in a terra cotta dish that has been soaked in water. You can use an oven proof covered baking dish instead.



*2 onions, thinly sliced
*2 tablespoons olive oil
*2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
*4 cups potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced on a mandolin
*3 plum tomatoes, sliced (Roma potatoes work well)
*1/4 cup oil-cured black olive, drained, pitted and finely chopped
*2 lbs cod fish fillets, fresh
*1 cup chicken broth
*salt and pepper

1: Soak a 3-litre (3-quart) terracotta baking dish and its cover in water for about 15 minutes. If you are not using a terracotta dish, preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) with the rack in the middle position (see note).
2: In a skillet over medium heat, caramelize the onions in oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute. Set aside.
3: Remove the terracotta dish and cover from the water.
4: Cover the bottom of the dish with one quarter of the potato slices.
5: Add half the tomatoes and olives. Season with salt and pepper.
6: Cover with another quarter of the potatoes. Cover with the onion and garlic mixture.
7: Cover with another quarter of the potatoes, and then lay the fish on top. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with the remaining potatoes, tomatoes and olives.
8: Add the broth. Adjust the seasoning.
9: Cover the dish and place it in the centre of the oven. Turn the oven on to 200°C (400°F). Bake until the potatoes are tender, about 1 1/4 hours. Let stand for 15 minutes and serve.
10: *Note: If you do not have a terracotta dish, you can use any ovenproof covered baking dish. In that case, preheat the oven and reduce the cooking time to about 1 hour.

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