Ready for a delicious meal of breaded rock cod with pasta ‘aglio e olio’? Follow along as my cousins, the Famiglia Cutino, share an ‘Italian inspired California lifestyle’ recipe.
‘Pasta aglio e olio’ is influenced from the Naples region of Italy.
The lightly sautéed minced garlic (NEVER burn the garlic) in olive oil with the addition of red chili flakes is a classic taste of the southern region. Since many Italians from Monterey Bay have roots in Southern Italy this a familiar family recipe. It is a basic pasta sauce and a staple dish.
Monterey Bay has an abundance of mild rock cod. This fish is a perfect accompaniment to Italian influenced California cuisine. Pacific rock fish are firm and lean…a mild fish well suited for a family meal (especially well liked by children).
What is your favorite accompaniment to pasta agilo e olio? Do you always add red pepper flakes to the olive oil and garlic? Any tips or tricks for breaded fish? As always, we would love to hear from you, feel free to share your ideas or photos. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, follow your dreams…even if they take you all the way to the west coast of California! Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (AKA “Molly”)
-Breaded rock cod with pasta aglio e olio-
Fine chopped Parsley
Quality grated parmigiana reggiano, aged mitica cheese
Dash of cayenne pepper
10-12 fresh fish filets
Canola oil for frying
One pound of spaghetti
First, prep bread crumbs with:
Fine chopped parsley , sea salt, pepper, fine crushed-chopped garlic, good quality grated parmigiana reggiano aged mitica cheese and a dash of cayenne pepper
Next prep fresh fish filets (Petrale sole or rock cod)
Dredge the fish filets in reddi-egg and cover with bread crumbs.
Heat cooking oil and fry in skillet with 1/2 inch of oil coating the bottom of the pan. Cook on each side of fish filet to a light golden color.
Finally, place browned fillets in a glass baking dish and keep it heated in the oven. You should cook it about 8-10 minutes uncovered to cook fish in the middle. This method allows for a nice crust and even cooking.
Serve with the pasta, lemon wedges & Parmesan cheese, Delicioso!
Pasta aglio e olio (Garlic Pasta)
In a sauce pan combine:
14-18 garlic cloves
4 Tbsp good quality olive oil
Sauté under low heat for 3-4 minutes DO NOT BROWN/BURN THE GARLIC
2-3 cups chicken broth, basil, 1/3 stick of Butter ,parsley and lemon
Bring it to a simmer and turn off heat.
Toss with one pound of cooked spaghetti.
Serve with lots of Parmesan cheese & red pepper…ENJOY!
Embrace Italian living and the coastal lifestyle. Kim Cutino, her husband Bart and two wonderful children, Bella and Tony reside along the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Along with beloved parents Bert and Bella, the Cutino Clan enjoys making memories together. They keep Italian American traditions alive for future generations. Wholeheartedly, they embrace cooking with the highest quality ingredients including local produce, San Marzano tomatoes and Monterey County Wines.
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Follow along as the ‘Famiglia Cutino’ shares the Italian inspired California lifestyle with Huckleberry Hill Adventure readers. Kim Cutino, looks forward to sharing in your huckleberry dreams in iconic Pebble Beach.
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Christmas Event: Join book characters Molly and Fern, via special autographed book sets at this season’s Nutcracker Ballet, at Carmel-by-the-Sea Sunset Center. Monterey Pops will feature a live orchestra for this silver anniversary gala event…we hope to see you there!