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Haddock with Mustard Sauce and Jansson's Temptation

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2 haddock fillets per person
the juice of one lemon
2 litres of water
1 tablespoon wine vinegar
1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
a pinch of thyme (dry is fine)
2 bay leaves
1 carrot, scraped and sliced into little wheels
salt and black pepper

For the mustard sauce:
2 tablespoons of flour
100ml dry white wine
2 tablespoons of prepared hot English mustard (the bottled version is OK)
40g of butter
500ml fish stock
salt and black pepper
50ml fresh cream
a few sprigs of fresh parsley
2 lemons, one sliced into wedges, the other into rings

For the Jansson's Temptation:
6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin "chip" strips
2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
50 g of butter (plus another 50g of melted butter)
1 tin of anchovy fillets, each fish sliced into three pieces
150 ml fresh cream pepper


To prepare the sauce:

  • Melt the butter and stir in the flour
  • Gradually stir in the fish stock
  • Stir, add salt and pepper and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the wine and let it boil for two minutes
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the mustard first, then the cream
  • Use the parsley and lemon pieces to decorate the fish plate
  • Serve the sauce separately

To prepare the fish:

  • Pour water into saucepan and add carrots, vinegar, onion, parsley, thyme, a dash of salt and pepper and the bay leaves. Cover and boil for 30 minutes, the last 3 minutes with the lid removed
  • Reduce to low heat and poach fish for about 10 minutes (Don't overcook or allow the fish to fall apart)

To prepare the Jansson's Temptation:

  • Fry the onion until golden brown in 50g of butter Place the potatoes, anchovy and fried onion in rough layers in an oven-proof dish, finishing with a layer of potato only
  • Melt the other 50g of butter and spoon it over the potatoes
  • Pour half the cream and the anchovy oil from the tin over the potato and bake in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes or until the potatoes cooked. After 30 minutes in the oven, pour over the remaining cream

The tangy potatoes and the haddock go together superbly.

Serves 4


To visit Henrie at the iAfrica web site where he updates his column every Friday with a full menu of Starter, Main Course and Dessert - click here