Cod With Ham Powder And Garlic Wafers
|Parsley stems||20 (2 Inch, 3 Pronged One)|
|Extra-virgin olive oil||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Plus More For Drizzling)|
|Garlic||3 Clove (15 gm), finely minced|
|Water||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Littleneck clams||12 , scrubbed|
|Cod fillets/Hake fillets||24 Ounce (With Skin)|
|Freshly ground black pepper||To Taste|
|Ham||2 Ounce, powdered (For Garnish)|
|Garlic wafers||5 (For Garnish)|
1. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Fill a small bowl with ice water. Blanch the parsley stems in the boiling water until they turn bright green, about 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the stems to the ice water, then drain and pat them dry with a paper towel. In a small bowl, drizzle the parsley stems with a little olive oil to keep them moist.
2. In a large, deep skillet, heat the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add the minced garlic and cook over moderately high heat until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil. Add the clams, cover and cook over high heat, shaking the skillet a few times, until the clams open, about 5 minutes. Discard any that don't open. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the clams to a plate, leaving their juices in the skillet.
3. Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper. Add the fillets to the clam juices in the skillet. Cook over moderate heat, turning the fillets once, until the flesh is white throughout, about 8 minutes.
4. Transfer the cod fillets to plates along with some of the broth, and then sprinkle the fish with some of the Ham Powder. Arrange the clams in their shells and the parsley stems around the fish. Lean the Garlic Wafers against the fillets and serve.