Simon’s Pesce A.O.P (Baked cod in parma ham with roasted vegetables and A.O.P spinach)

This is the A.O.P - a heady mix of dried herbs, dried garlic and peperoncino flakes.

Video games, zombies and dinner

Mr Monster: So our good friend Simon came down to stay and play video games a couple of weekends ago.

He bought me a zombie cowboy game for Xmas, which I have great pleasure in watching him play, but he also brought over his PS3 console with another Zombie game, which we played ‘til quite late…

thebigfatnoodle : “I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to a weekend with no TV and the constant noise of virtual machine guns etc but Si’s a smart man – he knew exactly how to appease me as he offered to cook us dinner and make us a fry up the next morning too. I couldn’t possibly turn such an offer down…”

Mr Monster: He brought with him a great Italian cooking secret that we didn’t know about called A.O.P.

It’s based around a trinity of Aglio (garlic), Olio (olive oil) and Peperoncino (chili pepper) and comes in a little jar with mixed herbs, mainly dried garlic, sweet red chili flakes and parsley.

Here’s Simon cooking our supper and his recipe for baked cod, which he served with roasted vegetables and sautéed spinach with A.O.P, is below.

Simon working his magic in our kitchen

This worked so well with fish

thebigfatnoodle: “Our fish supper was amazing, refreshingly light but PACKED with flavour. If you can find A.O.P, get it because it’s blindingly good. All the herbs and dried garlic work beautifully together and the peperoncino just brings a lovely warmth to everything. The dried porcini absorbed the flavour of the wine and A.O.P – I’d never have thought porcini would work with white fish but it was brilliant! I’ve told Simon he can come and play video games whenever he likes now, provided he cooks us dinner again.” 🙂

Simon dropped off his Playstation and then went off to do the shopping for our supper - fresh cod to be baked with parma ham

From this...

... to this...

... to this...

... and finally, to THIS... yum.

Lots of love

Mr Monster & thebigfatnoodle

Baked cod with mediterranean roasted vegetables and AOP sauteed spinach (it should serve 4 but with greedy people like us, it fed just us 3)

Roasted vegetables in A.O.P

Roasted vegetables

3 peppers, de-seeded and sliced

4 courgettes, roughly chopped

3 red onions, peeled then quartered

4 cloves garlic, peeled

1 tablespoon of fresh thyme

1 teaspoon A.O.P

1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

4-5 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt & pepper

For the fish

The porcini, wine and cod combine to make the most awesome sauce

800 grams of a firm white fish fillet (cod)

2 packets of parma ham (approx 10-12 slices)

2 teaspoons capers (in brine)

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

2 teaspoons dried porcini mushrooms, crumbled into small pieces

300 ml dry white wine (100ml for the recipe, 200ml in a glass for the chef)

Cracked Pepper

Glug of olive oil

Also sautéed in A.O.P

For the spinach

2 large bags of baby leaf spinach.

1 tablespoon of oil

1-2 teaspoons of A.O.P

Preheat for oven to 180 degrees (celsius).

First prepare your vegetables. On a baking tray, put your chopped vegetables and mix in the olive oil, spices and herbs. Place your roasted vegetables on the top rack in the oven, leaving room below it for your fish.

Pop your vegetables into the oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes, tossing the vegetables 1-2 times during the roasting.

15 minutes into roasting your oven, start preparing your fish (it’ll take you no more than 5 minutes to prepare the fish)

Wrap your cod fillet in parma ham, and place it in a baking dish.

Scatter the capers and dried porcini mushrooms all around the dish. Drizzle some olive oil over the wrapped fish and pour the wine over the fish and around the baking dish.

Cook the cod in oven for about 15-20 minutes.

To saute your spinach, heat your oil in a sauce pan, pop your washed spinach leaves into the pan and put the lid on. Sweat this for 1 minute and then add your A.O.P. Turn off the flame as your spinach should already have wilted down by now but remain a rich, dark green.

Serve your baked cod with the roasted vegetables and sautéed spinach, and spoon that lovely syrupy wine juice with the porcini mushrooms all over your fish.

A.O.P baked cod, roasted vegetables and sautéed spinach

25 Responses to “Simon’s Pesce A.O.P (Baked cod in parma ham with roasted vegetables and A.O.P spinach)”
  1. Ohh yum yum yum, can your friend visit me? That fish looks amazing. Sounds like AOP is going to be a new acronym used frequently in your home.

  2. Oh wow! Your friend Simon looks so much like a Simon I knew many years ago working for the YMCA!

  3. Linda says:

    wow..I wish I was invited to that dinner!! Simply amazing, what an abundance of flavor!! Gotta try this one for sure!

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    I have to make some new friends! That cod looks amazing and is something I’m going to make the next time I purchase a nice cod fillet. I’m, also, going to look for A.O.P. but I think it would be easier for me to make some. I’m somewhat familiar with my markets’ inventories of Italian herbs & seasonings and this isn’t one that I’ve seen. Still, I’ll be looking for it. Thanks for the tip.

    • yes the components are all easy to make yourself if you can be bothered, there’s lot of dried parsley, dried garlic and big slices of perencino chilli. Simon took his spice jar home with him (boohoohoo) but we’ll pick some up the next time we visit the shop he goes to in London.

  5. I love anything wrapped in parma ham. Your dish looks amazing!

  6. Joanne Ozug says:

    Wow, Bravo!!! This is spectacular, definitely a restaurant quality dish!

  7. Bill says:

    Wow – that looks amazing! I’m a sucker for good fish fillets like that. I’m sure it was amazingly delicious!

  8. zestybeandog says:

    Looks wonderful! I love parma, especially baked!!!

  9. YUMMY:) Thanks for sharing & Have a Great Day!

  10. Eva Taylor says:

    Wow, lucky you to have such a good friend to cook for you, even if he’s just playing video games all night. I’ll have to bookmark the recipe—we’re always looking for something new to make with fish…our favourite right now is halibut.

    • Halibut’s lovely. We don’t buy it too often as it’s quite expensive. So is cod but this was a special treat. We normally eat a lot of tilapia and I love oily fish like salmon, tuna, etc. Sadly my husband doesn’t really.

  11. No words… just yummy!!

  12. k.m. says:

    Yum, parma ham! I read a great article recently about Parma and now I really want to visit. Until then, though, I can make this dish and pretend I’m there 🙂

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    this weblog is in fact amazing.

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