Tuesday, 30 June 2009

'Punched' Baked Potatoes and Roasted Mediterranean Cod

In honour of Chez What's Potato Recipe Competition and still having cravings for my baked salted cod-now well gone- I delved into my childhood flavour memories and remembered a Portuguese Potato Classic: Punched potatoes (batatas ao murro). I have no hope to compete with the delicacies presented so far but it has been fun trying!

These potatoes are baked in a Garlic infused Olive oil generous drizzle and once done, gently pressed, or 'punched' if you like, to release all the flavours. The powdery yummy potato filling absorbs the garlic flavours and takes it into a new dimension.
They are traditionally served with Baked Salted Cod:

Inspired by the comments to my Baked Cod recipe, I was driven to experiment with flavours and bake some fresh cod instead.

The results were astounding. The freshness of the fish combined with the strong flavours of the paprika and white wine rendered me speechless.
The potatoes complemented the flavours better than I could ever expect. The roughness of the coarse sea salt complimented the lack of saltiness that you would get in Salt cod, ten times over.

I would go so far as to say I prefer this recipe to the original but let me know what you think.


(Serves 2)
4 medium potatoes
5 cloves of garlic
large measure of extra virgin olive oil
handful of coarse sea salt
2 thick cod fillets
100 ml white wine
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
some sliced roasted red peppers
1 very thinly sliced onion
1 teaspoon paprika
1 crushed garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped basil


Pre-Heat the oven at 200 degrees.

Boil the potatoes for ten minutes.

Use the fork, if you can slightly spear through them, then they are ready for baking.

Heat the extra virgin olive oil and add (whole cloves) of garlic-be careful not to burn them.Rub the coarse sea salt into the potatoes and add the garlic infused olive oil.

Cook for 20 minutes.
When you see the potato skin crisping up, start preparing your Cod.

Line your baking tray with foil-saves washing up!

Drizzle a little olive oil and place cod, skin down.

Season with salt and pepper.

Layer with thinly sliced onion and peppers.

Drizzle the wine over and sprinkle with some paprika and crushed garlic.

Drizzle with a touch more olive oil and sprinkle with fresh basil.
Place in the oven for 25 minutes or until fish is cooked.

By now your potatoes should be nice and crispy.Place them on a plate and cover with a clean cloth.Gently punch them open.

Place them on the serving plate and pour Olive/Garlic oil mixture over them.

Remove Cod from the oven and place in next to the potatoes with the onions and peppers garnish. Serve with a nice hearty salad and enjoy!


  1. Okay, that's it, I'm getting cod this weekend :)

  2. That is a very traditional classic, I like 'em how you did them but I also like the potatoes punched and roasted in the oven then covered by a butter parsley lemon chilli and garlic sauce, but the cod always with just garlic and lots of olive oil well done really good. impressive. kisses :) xxx

  3. What a delicious preparation for potatoes! And the cod sounds excellent!

  4. ***Answer, Re: Basa fish***
    Yes I do live in the UK Nottingham I bought the basa fish now in two places in aldi and in my local Indian store in the frozen section, so I am sure you will find this fish easy here in the UK.
    further details here

  5. i that the name? Basa fish in English? I have an aldi not too far.

  6. Hi! This is my first time in your blog, and I love this fish and potatoes, they must be so delicious.... There is nothing better than a simple meal like this one. Hope to hear from you, Liz.

  7. This looks wonderful and easy too...thanks, s

  8. This looks incredible. I love fish and potatoes.

  9. Both the cod and the potatoes look fabulous. Great recipe!

  10. Cod and potatoes makes a tasty meal.

  11. it's a real shame that I can't prepare this recipe, because in this part of the world is really hard to find cod, but tell me I can use another fish to prepare something similar? I don't know salmon or maybe white marlin, you tell me.

  12. I really like those dishes that they are simple. That there is only the meat with the dresser and some spices. They taste good with one glass of wine.

  13. Such a nice post. thanks for sharing this post. Kep posting.