I am not a good blogger.
My mind is stuck in 54 degrees and light rain. Those are my current weather conditions. Therefore, I am not craving homemade popsicles, salads for potlucks, or grilled hunks of meat. I want comfort food.
Gray days do this to me. My lawn is mowed; vibrant, blooming flowers are potted; the garden is planted; I have some colorful new Adirondack chairs for the patio; there is a brand new bag of charcoal for the grill. But, I just want to curl up on the sofa with a quilt and devour a plate of stick-to-your-ribs coziness.
(adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray)
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
6 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
3 sprigs thyme
3 ears fresh corn, cut from cob
1/4 red bell pepper, finely chopped
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons fresh chives, snipped
4 cod filets (or any firm white fish)
In a large pot of salted water, bring the potatoes to a boil.
Cook until tender, 12-15 minutes.
Drain and return to dry pot.
Meanwhile, heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet.
Add the bacon and cook until crisp.
Remove from pan and drain on paper toweling.
Add the onion, celery to the bacon drippings, and cook until tender.
Add the corn and bell pepper and season with salt and pepper.
Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly to coat the veggies, for about 2-3 minutes.
Add the chicken stock, milk, and thyme.
Stir to incorporate the floured vegetables.
Simmer until gravy is thickened and slightly reduced.
Stir in the bacon.
Mash the sour cream and chives into the potatoes.
Season with salt and pepper; keep warm.
In a large non-stick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Season the fish with salt and pepper and cook until golden, turning once.
Serve the cod topped with the corn gravy and potatoes on the side. (Serves 4)