Bam Kitchen is back with some delectable European dishes that will knock your socks off!
After 14 days of jet setting around Europe visiting Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands I have just caused a brown- out over all over Asia as I just finished downloading 1068 pictures or so onto the intraweb. Europe is an amazing place. I have seen so many things and have experienced so many new dishes and met so many lovely new people I really do not know where to begin to share it all with you.
I think I will share with you an experience in Germany that stole my heart. Have you ever met someone for the first time and feel like you have known them all your life? I have shared e-mails with her, I have seen pictures of her and also heard many lovely stories about her from her hubby, Juergan who we love dearly. Anja is such a beautiful person and today I will be sharing with you her version “European” German Fish Dish that is a perfect one pan little wonder.
Anja created a delectable One Pan Steinbeisser fish dish that was outrageous simple to make but had some amazing diverse European flavors. The German Steinneisser fish was firm, tender and flaky and delicate. The Spanish chorizo was spicy and made a crunchy delectable topping for the fish. The Italian tomatoes and German sweet potatoes were sweet and the French Herbs De Provence fragrance was a fresh bouquet of flavors. I felt like I visited all over Europe in one little delicious bite.
Anja and Jeurgan are much like this delicious little dish. They have both have been born and raised in Germany but are also well-traveled and their personalities and home are decorated with fun experiences and items from all over the world. Anja’s amazing One Pan Steinbeiseer dish is also native to Germany but has flavors from Spain, France and Italy and together these flavors creates beautiful harmony. Anja’s dish is a great one to serve for company as all the work can be done in advance of their arrival and then you can just pop the dish into the oven while you enjoy a glass of vino together. I love these kinds of dishes and will be adding this one to Bam’s Kitchen’s regular monthly meal menu.
Steinbasser is a fish that is native to Germany. Steinbasser are also known as catfish or wolffish. I am certainly glad to see that when we went to the Hiltrup market in the morning to buy them that these fish were already fillet. I just looked up a picture of the Steinbasser fish on the intranet and trust me they are not winning any beauty contest. They are actually quite scary looking. However, their taste is quite mild and wonderful. However, I think you could use any mild tasty firm white fish for this dish as Steinbasser might be difficult to obtain outside of Europe.
I started off my day with Anja and Mama Book with a day at the local small wet market in Hilltrup,Germany.
Germany is known for their delicious hearty breads and desserts and of course I would love to have tried one of each….However plums are in season now so I could not resist a delicious plum tart. Life is short, so lets start with dessert.
Beautiful fresh vegetables…we needed tomatoes and sweet potatoes for out dish.
Sausages, brats and all kinds of delicious German Sausages and very unique cold cuts that I have not seen anywhere else in the world…
Now that the shopping was complete, it was time to head back home to start making Anja’s Amazing One Pan Steinbeisser Dish before our hungry men arrived. This dish is beautiful just as is but if you wanted a more traditional Mediterranean fish dish you could replace the sweet potatoes with regular potatoes and also add some lovely mixed black and green olives on top for a real yummy delight.
Anja’s Amazing One Pan Steinbeisser Dish
Serves 4 adults or 1 hungry teenager
- 2 pounds of Steinbasser fish (or any kind of mild white firm fish you like)
- 3 large sweet potatoes (or can substitute with regular Idaho potatoes)
- 5 large tomatoes
- 1 pound of thin sliced chorizo sausage
- 1/2-3/4 cup bread crumbs of panko bread crumbs
- herbs de Provence
- salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- olive oil for drizzling
Step 1: Preheat oven to 200 degree Celsius.
Step 2: Peel and slice sweet potatoes and place on a greased baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and herbs de Provence and bake for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Step 3: Slice tomatoes and place on top of the sweet potatoes and drizzle with olive oil and more herbs de Provence.
Step 4: Clean fish and remove all bones and cut into 4 pieces. Lay fish on top of sweet potato and tomato layer.
Step 5: Chop up chorizo sausage in small enough pieces to be handled by the food processor. Place chorizo sausage, bread crumbs, several teaspoons of herbs de Provence and a really good drizzle of olive oil into the food processor and whiz into finely chopped and well incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste.
Step 6: Spoon the herbed chorizo sausage mixture onto the top of each portion of fish and press flat. Set aside for at least one hour to let the flavors mingle.
Step 7: Place Anja’s Amazing One Pan Steinbeisser Dish into the oven for about 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Serves with a lovely vino and good friends for a complete meal.