Prosciutto and pesto fish gratin

I needed the perfect comforting tea for Sam after his first day at school! This recipe was hidden at the bottom of a page, but the word gratin just lept out at me. It spells creamy cheesy loveliness.

It’s ridiculously simple to make, and I mean REALLY easy. It looks gorgeous and tastes really luxurious.

It’s one of those dishes you can just assemble in five minutes and whack in the oven. Mmmmmmarvellous! There’s no standing over a pan whisking a cheese sauce together, the ingredients just look after themselves.

I served it with mash and sugar snap peas. It would also work well with rice or a big loaf of crusty bread to mop up that incredible cheese sauce.

Couldn’t you just dive into that?!!! Here’s the recipe:

Prosciutto and pesto fish gratin (Good Food October)
Serves 4

Ingredients
4 chunky white fish fillets
4 slices prosciutto
200g pot creme fraiche
3 tbsp basil pesto
25g Parmesan, finely grated
1 tbsp pine nuts

Method
1. Heat oven to 200’C. Season the fish all over, then wrap each fillet in a slice of ham. Put into a large baking dish. Dot the creme fraiche between the fillets and over the exposed ends of the fish. Dot the pesto around the fish too. Scatter with the cheese.

2. Bake the fish for 15-20 mins, adding the pine nuts halfway through, until the creme fraiche has made a sauce around the fish, and the cheese and ham are turning golden.

You could also make it with chicken – just bake it for 20-25 mins until the chicken is cooked through.

I used reduced fat creme fraiche and it didn’t compromise the taste or texture.

Thumbs up from the boys!

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea! She lives in West London with her two young boys and yes, her firefighter husband.
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6 Responses to Prosciutto and pesto fish gratin

  1. Jo Fazel says:

    Wow – I luurrrvve dishes that look after themselves! Definately going to try this one out – never thought of combining proscuitto with fish before.
    x

  2. That is one cool recipe. I know what’s for dinner tonight. I posted a link on my Things that Fizz & Stuff: http://thingsthatfizz.blogspot.com/2010/09/prosciutto-and-pesto-fish-gratin.html

    AV

  3. Five minutes and whack in oven? I NEEEEED stuff like this in my life! Sounds great.

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