Cheese and Fish in Spanish
For many, fish and cheese may not be part of the traditional Spanish meal, but with a few small tweaks of traditional recipes, cheese on fish could become a useful combination.
A Classic Spanish Recipe
To get started, take a classic Spanish recipe, like baked fish with tomatoes. This dish begins with tomatoes, garlic, sweet paprika, and then, typically, fish like hake. Layer tomatoes and garlic, season with sweet paprika, add the hake, and bake until the fish is cooked through.
Add the Cheese
So how do you add cheese to the mix? One option is to simply top the cooked dish with slices of grated cheese, like Manchego, before serving. Another option is to mix the cheese in with the tomato sauce and garlic prior to baking the fish. This addition will give the fish a mild, cheesy taste and plenty of extra moisture.
You can also experiment with different types of cheese, such as goat cheese on cod, or smoked Spanish cheese on sea bass. Consider layering the cheese into the fish and vegetables, or topping the fish with a thin layer of cheese.
For a real Spanish twist, try adding chopped olives or artichoke hearts to the dish. Frying the fish with a bit of olive oil and garlic before baking can also give it an extra flavor boost.
When it comes to serving the fish and cheese, there are many possibilities. Serve it over rice, couscous, or a flavorful salad. For extra color, garnish the dish with fresh herbs, like parsley or cilantro. Serve it alongside crusty bread and a glass of white wine for a complete meal.
No matter how you serve it, adding a bit of cheese to your fish dish can add a whole new flavor dimension. So next time you’re preparing a Spanish fish dish, don’t forget to add some cheese!