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Bacon-Wrapped Cod w/ Rosemary and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

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I've been going through a major rosemary phase lately.  I mean, I've always loved rosemary...just like I love pretty much any herb...but I always wind up getting a crush on one particular herb for a certain period of time.   When that happens, I just can't get enough of it.  Right now, rosemary is the object of my affection.  Maybe it's all the talk of Tuscany lately.  Of course, I've been talking of Tuscany for years, so maybe not.  But something triggered it, and I believe I'll just enjoy this crush while it lasts and stop over-analyzing.  I've been trying to eat more consciously lately.  I want to add more fish and seafood back into my diet.  Our diets.  The difficulty in that is the lack of seafood-lovers (or even toleraters) in my  house.  While everybody is pretty open and willing to try most things around here...I get shot down at fish constantly.  I happen to love it.  I blame it on the fact that we are nowhere near the ocean.  If we lived near the ocean, they would smell the sea and taste the sea and they'd be begging me to bring it to their plates.  However, we do live close enough to some great lakes that you'd think at least trout or bluegill would be accepted willingly.  And you know, it might.  I just realize that I'm a horrible mom who never takes her kids fishing.  Okay, I didn't just realize...but I did just put it in writing.  I mean...I fished as a kid.  I caught crazy turtles and snakes and got chased around my grandma's farm by my cousin with a still-moving fish head on the end of a stick.  Why, oh why haven't I given my children the same opportunity?  Because I don't have any fishing poles.  Or a fishing license.  Or a hubs who enjoys fishing.  Aaahhh...  Anyway, my actual point being that I'm trying slowly but surely to introduce new (to the fam) types of fish and seafood into our diet.  When I can find good, fresh fish or seafood...it's going to make its way onto our plates and into our bellies.  What better way to start than to wrap in something everybody loves?  I mean, we all know that bacon makes everything better.  I found a great bacon-wrapped Cod recipe from Jamie's Food Revolution that worked wonders.  Simple, delicious, full of gorgeous flavors...and when I paired it with some beautiful potatoes...the response was "mmmmpppfff...nnnommm...chewwww...rrrmmmppphh..." {<----- my lame attempt at happy eating noises}.
Bacon-Wrapped Cod w/ Rosemary
and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes


1 chunky cod filet, per person (~7 oz., skin on or off)
3 slices bacon*, per person
2 sprigs rosemary, per person + extra for potatoes
olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
small handful Fingerling potatoes (any variety), per person
Preheat oven to 475° F.  Line a large sheet tray with foil or parchment.

preparing fingerlings:  Slice any thicker potatoes in half, lengthwise.  Bring a pot of salted water to a boil with potatoes.  Let bubble gently for ~5 minutes.  You want them to just start getting tender.  They will finish cooking in the oven and get some nice, golden edges, as well.  Drain and set aside while preparing cod.

preparing cod: Pick leaves from one of the stems of rosemary for each person, then chop them up fairly finely.  Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over the rosemary, then drizzle it all with olive oil and mix it up with your fingers.  Roll each piece of cod in the mixture until they're coated all around with the mixture.  Set aside.

Lay three slices of bacon down next to each other, slightly overlapping and then place a slice of cod on top (skin side up) and wrap the bacon around, leaving the "seam" on the bottom or bottom edge.  Place on prepared sheet pan.  Repeat with all of the cod and bacon.  Set the second (still whole) sprig of rosemary for each serving on the top of the bacon-wrapped fish and drizzle a bit more olive oil over each.  Try to keep all of your fish on one side of the sheet pan, if there's enough room to still leave a little space between each.

both:  Transfer the slightly cooled potatoes to the other half of the prepared sheet tray.  Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper...and chop a little extra rosemary and throw that on, too.  Toss them around with your fingers a bit, then slide the whole tray into the oven.  If you have too many servings to put both on the same tray, then use two trays.
Slide the tray(s) into the oven and cook for ~10-12 minutes, until the fish is cooked all the way through and the bacon and potatoes are golden with bits of crisp edges.

Serve one bacon-wrapped piece of cod per person with the fingerlings divided amongst each plate.

*You may want to cook your bacon about halfway through before doing this step.  If your bacon is particularly thick, it may not get done by the time the fish is ready...and there's not much worse than over-cooked fish.  If you decide to do this, you could use the rendered fat to toss the potatoes with just before they go into the oven, in place of the olive oil.
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36 comments

  1. This is really tempting to me! and I love your pictures, have a nice weekend! gloria

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  2. Nothing wrong with a rosemary phase. LOVE this meal - wish it was my dinner tonight.

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  3. Hi Heather. Scrumptious!! Wow that looks just so good. Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Take care and keep on cooking!!

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  4. lovely idea of combining cod and potatoes it is always a delicious combination

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  5. Wrap anything in bacon Heather and they shall come:D

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  6. I hated fish for the longest time as a kid but eventually I came around...though that day might have come faster had my mom wrapped it in bacon. Just saying.

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  7. I'm hoping to enjoy lots of Rosemary this summer from the herbs I planted. :) And I just watched Jamie's Food Revolution last night. Love his recipes. Thanks so much for linking to Recipes To Run On. have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  8. did i some how miss this on my last link party or are you going to share it tomorrow when the post is up? either way...YUM!! i was just trying to figure out what i wanted to do with my fish and no i have an answer!!

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  9. Looks so good! I am always trying to get my family to eat more fish, adding bacon and potatoes would do the trick, I bet!

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  10. There's something about Rosemary and me right now too. My rosemary plant can't seem to grow fast enough to keep up with the demand. This looks really good Heather. A must try. And by the way, you were right, your comments were in my spam... fixed now. Thanks for the heads up.

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  11. This meal looks amazing. enough said. :)

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  12. fun recipe i tried to make it once didn't work as well as yours enjoy the weekend

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  13. Oh my goodness this looks great! Bacon makes everything delicious!

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  14. This looks delicious! Thanks for posting it. I do think that the love of/dislike of fish has something to do with where a person grew up.

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  15. What a wonderful combination of flavors! This fish is very tempting. I fished a lot as a kid, too and have just introduced my kids to it in the past couple of years. It's never too late.

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  16. I too have lack of seafood lover at home and I on the other hand can go on with seafood and fresh herbs for days :)
    Cod and bacon with rosemary sounds just too delicious and those potatoes to go with them .. perfect!

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  17. Rosemary is one of my favorites too. And this dish looks absolutely yum! Good tip on partially cooking the bacon. Whenever I wrap something in bacon, it's always a juggle to get the bacon cooked without overcooking the other component(s).

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  18. You definitely can't go wrong with anything wrapped in bacon. :) That looks absolutely delicious!

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  19. Bacon makes everything taste better! This looks thoroughly right up my alley!

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  20. a great weeknight meal! love this.

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  21. Omg, just drooling over that bacon wrapped potatoes,simply irresistible..

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  22. I know what you mean about having crushes on various herbs. Right now I'm having a fling with chive blossoms. And I am sensing that my first-time crop of epazote may have been in its orbit when it grows big enough to put in the pot! Beautiful food photos!

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  23. Every thing about this just looks gorgeous AND delicious! So gourmet sounding but also looks fairly easy to do! I'm always looking for good fish recipes :)

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  24. That very well could be the most yummy looking piece of fish that I've ever seen and the roasted fingerling potatoes?? Oh my! I am in cod country now so this is going to be a must try. I've never enjoyed fishing being from Louisiana where things slither and bite quite frequently and you can't see what's under the water. Now that I'm in New Hampshire with a husband who loves to fish and water so clear that you can see the bottom of the lakes, we are getting our fishing licenses for the summer. I see trout in my future, as well, and finding some fresh cod somewhere. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe! I'm a fan. :)

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  25. I adore fish Heather and I blame that on living by the ocean most of my life.

    They say Rosemary is for remembrance. I sure will remember this recipe as I watch my rosemary grow. Now, if I can find some Cod in PA, I'd be a happy girl!!!

    Thanks for sharing...Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!

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  26. I keep going between rosemary, thyme and sage as my favorite herbs. ;-) This looks like a little slice of heaven--I love everything about this dish.

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  27. You can borrow my husband for a bit, to take your kids fishing? He just needs feeding.

    This looks great - I have wrapped fish in proscuitto, but never in bacon. That saltiness is so nice with it!

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  28. Delicious! I love the strong flavour pairing with the cod.

    When my kids were younger - I took them to a stocked pond. It had rainbow trout, you paid a small entrance fee and could borrow or rent poles (I forget) and you got your wormies there.
    Your catch is weighed at the end and they even gut the fish for you if you wish.

    I'd look to see if they have it in your area - we pay about the same as grocery store prices but get a fun afternoon out of it without having to worry about licenses, etc. Also, the kids are pretty much guaranteed to catch something.

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  29. I can relate to what you said. I, too, tend to focus my attention on one particular herb... and if you're affectionate with rosemary right now, I am feeling the same way with oregano. I just can't get enough of it. :)

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, and thanks for linking to Weekend Eating.

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  30. Delish and once again, amazing pictures. Thanks so much for sharing on Friday Food!

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  31. I wounder if this would make my kids eat more fish :) Great recipe, to bad you do not live closer, you could help me use up some of the rosemary in my garden :)

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  32. sounds so great and looks really delicious...great slice that anyone would definitely enjoy! visiting you from WE, have a great week! :)

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  34. Totally awesome pick, Heather - I love everything about this dish, and I agree that wrapping it in bacon is a great way to introduce a bit of fish into the family diet. Rosemary is a great herb choice, especially with a firmer fleshed fish like cod and also bold enough to stand up to the bacon and potatoes. Love it :-)
    Sue xo

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