Baked Cod Spetsóta...Spetse : Island Of Regal Weddings

The island of Spetze is one of the most elegant islands of Greece. Spetse, amongst the Argo-Saronikos islands near Athens,  many old Greek families, coming down from Constantinople, Asia Minor and the Diaspora in general have summer houses on Spetse. Last year, the son of Greece's Ex King got married on the island of Spetse.
So, to make baked cod Spetsóta you will need:
Serves 3
-  1 kg of cod fish cut in pieces skin removed while frozen.
-  800 gms potatoes peeled, cubed and parboiled.
-  2 medium tomatoes thinly sliced.
-  5-6 cloves of garlic finely chopped.
-  2 medium onions thinly sliced into rings.
-  Extra Virgin Olive oil.
-  Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
-  1 three fingered pinch of oregano.
I have fresh oregano growing in my balcony. I am about to gather the tops resulting from the flowering period. This is the best part of the oregano but you should have the patience to powder each head.  This will last us till next year.
- Combine, tomatoes, onion rings, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix them very well with your hand while squashing the lot.

Make individual oven proof plates. I will explain how to make one then just multiply by the number of plates that have to be prepared.
-  Fill the base of your oven proof dish with parboiled cubed potatoes. Drizzle some good extra virgin olive oil and some freshly ground black pepper.
 -  Place two pieces of cod fish over the cubed parboiled potatoes with drizzle of olive oil and some pepper.
-  Split the tomato, onion mixture between the three oven proof dishes and cover the fish.  Add a drizzle of  oil again over the lot. (I am talking of 1 - 2 Tbsp. total from the beginning till the end for each dish).
-  Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 30 minutes until the tomatoes and onions become soft and a slightly burned black rim around the slices appears.  Fish cooks very quickly.
-  Let cool before serving.
Bon Appétit,


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