I ignorantly voted for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Cod & Spinach Roulades, thinking it would be a filet of fish stuffed with spinach and how hard could that be. Upon actually reading the recipe my eyes went wide with terror. Fish mousse? Stuffed with spinach & preserved lemons? Wrapped in plastic? And then steamed? How the heck is THAT supposed to work? That’ll teach me to cast my ballot before educating myself on the merits of the candidates.
Yes indeedy, from my perspective, this was one of the most intimidating French Fridays with Dorie recipes yet. I even tried to enlist the help of my trusty sous chef, but he took one look at the recipe and decided that he would prefer to be the photographer. I thought he did a pretty good job.
We took it one step at a time and it actually worked. The individual recipes of fish mousse, spinach filling, and tomato sauce were actually pretty easy. It was more the assembly and cooking method which had me spooked. But in the end, the fish mousse was far easier to work with than I had feared and my plastic wrap held up in the steamer without melting.
I would now love to tell you that the whole thing was a success story and that we loved the finished dish. Sadly, not so much. But this recipe was WAY outside my comfort zone and I enjoyed the trip anyway.