Cod fingers with mushy peas and roasted sweet potatoes

Cook: 20 mins
Cod fingers with mushy peas and roasted sweet potatoes
This is comfort food for kids … but I bet you’ll have difficulty keeping the adults away. It’s surprisingly quick and easy to make your own fish fingers – or goujons if you want to be posh
 

For the sweet potatoes:

500g sweet potatoes, halved and cut into 1cm slices

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lemon wedges, to serve

For the cod fingers:

150g breadcrumbs

3 tbsp grated Parmesan

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 egg, beaten

700g skinless cod cut into 2cm strips

Sunflower oil

For the mushy peas:

150g frozen peas

2 tbsp water

3 tbsp cream

1 small sprig of mint, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.

To prepare the sweet potatoes, place the slices in a roasting pan, drizzle with oil, salt and pepper and roast for about 20 minutes, until tender. Keep warm.

To prepare the cod fingers, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan and parsley on a wide plate. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place the beaten egg on a separate wide plate.

Dip the fish into the beaten egg, then into the breadcrumb mixture, gently shaking off any excess breadcrumbs. Set the breaded fingers aside on a plate. Repeat the process with the rest of the fish. Place the plate in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make the mushy peas, put the peas and water in a saucepan and cook for 5–6 minutes, until softened. Roughly mash the peas and add the cream, mint and salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.

Heat some oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the fish to the pan in batches, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Fry each side for 2–3 minutes, or until cooked through.

To serve, place the mushy peas in a bowl in the centre of a large platter. Pile the cod fingers around the bowl, followed by the roasted sweet potatoes. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Serves
4

Cooking Time
20 minutes

Main ingredients
Fish

Recipe Type
Dinner, Family Dinners

Cuisine
Seafood

Special Info
Nut free

Level of Difficulty
Medium

This can be made with strips of chicken and is delicious with a homemade tomato sauce and paprika potato slices.
 

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