Happy Cod in Cream Sauce

Happy Cod in Cream Sauce can be made of either fresh, frozen or dried salted fish.

Cod, also called. "the beef of the sea", is nutritious healthy and lean. In Norway, they eat tons of fish and we should too.

Cod is low in calories, mild in taste and it can be prepared in a multitude of ways.

Dried, salted cod is packaged in a l-lb wooden box and can be found in the fresh meat section at your grocers. If they don’t carry this item, ask for it. This is the product you need if you want to make Bacalao, as well.

Here is how to prepare the cod:
First, you place salted, dried fish in a large bowl of water. After 2 hours, change water and keep in refrigerator overnight to remove excess salt.

Replace water and poach fish - strain and lift fish out with the fish spatula and add to finished sauce.If you use fresh or frozen cod, poach in salted water first and than proceed with the recipe.

Poaching is done by bringing a pot of water to a boil - turn heat down to medium, add fish. Remove with fish spatula when done. Add salt if fish is unsalted.

Recipe for
Happy Cod in Cream Sauce

1-lb. fish
3 cups milk
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Freshly ground white pepper
2 fish bouillons
A small dash cayenne pepper
Salt to taste

Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan low to medium heat.
Add oil
Add flour gradually and stir constantly
Add finely chopped onions
Add milk gradually and stir
Add 1/2 cup dry white wine
Add 1-2 fish bouillon
Add ground white pepper
Add ground nutmeg
Add a dash cayenne pepper
Salt to taste

Bring to a slow boil stirring constantly. Add fish to the sauce and bingo you can have a lean and healthy meal.

Serve with colorful vegetables. Spruce up the sauce by adding finely chopped green onion or chives.

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