My earliest memory of food involves my grandmother standing in front of a large wood burning oven, that was built into the wall, baking bread and making Peixe Assado no Forno “Portuguese Baked Fish.” This oven had it’s own separate little house next to my grandmother’s home. I was told that it was built this way because if there was ever a fire, the entire house wouldn’t burn down. You are probably thinking, what is she 150 years old? I am not as young as I would like to think, but I am not THAT old. I lived with my grandparents when my parents first immigrated to the US from Portugal. We lived on a small farm and vineyard, and Sunday Supper was very much part of our lives. My grandmother was an excellent cook and I looked forward to sitting around the family table not only for dinner, but also for the card game that would follow . There was no television in my grandparents home, so card games were the next best thing.
I grew up eating delicious fish on a weekly basis. In Portugal, you consume fish as much as meat. I loved it when my grandmother made Peixe Assado no Forno. I can remember that my grandfather would plant the potatoes under the grape vines. I looked forward to potato season every year. As a child it was so much fun to actually be allowed to dig in the dirt and imagine the excitement when you actually found a potato. After a day of picking potatoes, we couldn’t wait to get home because we knew that my grandmother would be making Peixe Assado no Forno.
I have to warn you, this recipe is not exactly like my grandmother made. It is a much easier version that I have adapted over the years. My grandmother’s recipe was made with an entire fish. Believe it or not, we ate almost every part but the bones. We even ate the eyes. It was actually one of my favorite parts of the Peixe Assado, as a child. Although I have raised good eaters, they are not quite that daring.
Implement a “No Thank You Bite Rule in your home.”
I can’t claim that my kids eat everything, but I will say they will at least attempt almost anything I put in front of them. Well, at least three out of four. I tell everyone that the secret to raising good eaters is to implent a “No Thank You Bite” rule in your home. If children are encouraged to try new things instead of being forced to eat it, they will be excited to try new foods.
- 1 pound of TripleTail or your favorite white fish
- 4 Large Potatoes, sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half
- ½ onion thinly sliced
- 1 lemon
- 1 garlic glove, sliced thin
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- 1 cup of wine
- fresh ground sea salt and pepper to taste
- additional lemon and lime slices and parsley to decorate, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Dry the fish using a paper towel
- Lay the potatoes in an oven proof baking platter in a circular manner until the dish is covered
- Place the fish on top of the potatoes
- Sprinkle the fish and potatoes with olive oil
- Decorate the fish and potatoes with the cherry tomatoes, onion and garlic
- Squeeze the lemon and sprinkle the parsley over the entire platter
- Add wine
- Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 1 hour. May need to bake longer if the fish and the potatoes are thick
- Garnish with extra lemon, lime and parsley
I love this week’s Sunday Supper for so many reason. Working with American Family Insurance on their #FamilyDinnerTable campaign has brought back so many wonderful memories for me. It is so true family meals around the family table nurture us in so many ways.
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