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Scalloped Fish, No. 2 Recipe

Scalloped Fish, No. 2 Recipe

History:
The history of scalloped fish dishes dates back to the 18th century, where they were commonly prepared as a way to creatively utilize leftovers. The dish was initially made by layering cooked fish with breadcrumbs, spices, and often covered with a creamy sauce. Over time, variations of scalloped fish recipes emerged, incorporating different types of fish, herbs, and flavorings. Today, scalloped fish has become a beloved classic dish, appreciated for its comforting flavors and versatility.

Fun Facts:
- Scalloped fish dishes are often associated with traditional British and American cuisines.
- The term "scalloped" refers to the scallop-shaped serving dish typically used to bake and serve the dish.
- While fish is the most common protein used in scalloped fish recipes, some variations also include other seafood such as shrimp or lobster.
- Scalloped fish can be prepared using various cooking techniques, including baking, broiling, or even slow-cooking.

Recipe: Scalloped Fish, No. 2

Ingredients:
- Butter, for greasing the dish
- 2 cups of cold cooked fish, flaked (such as cod, haddock, or salmon)
- 1 cup of breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh parsley
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
- White sauce:
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 cup of milk
- Buttered breadcrumbs (for topping)

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter a baking dish to prevent sticking and ensure easy serving later on.

2. In the greased baking dish, create a layer of cold cooked fish. Sprinkle a portion of breadcrumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, and melted butter over the fish layer.

3. Repeat step 2, creating additional layers of fish, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, and melted butter until all the ingredients are used. The number of layers will depend on the size of your baking dish and the quantity of fish.

4. To prepare the white sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk continuously until a smooth, paste-like consistency is achieved. Cook for an additional minute to allow the flour to cook and eliminate any raw taste.

5. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Cook the sauce over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it thickens to a smooth consistency. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes.

6. Once the white sauce has thickened, pour it evenly over the layers of fish and breadcrumbs in the baking dish. Make sure all the layers are covered with the sauce.

7. Sprinkle buttered breadcrumbs over the top to create a crispy and golden crust.

8. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and the sauce is bubbly.

9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Optional: Garnish with fresh parsley leaves or lemon wedges for an extra touch of freshness.

Enjoy your homemade Scalloped Fish, No. 2!

Similar Recipe Dishes:
- Scalloped Potatoes: a popular side dish where thinly sliced potatoes are layered with cheese, cream, and seasonings before being baked until golden and tender.
- Scalloped Tomatoes: a flavorful dish made with fresh tomatoes, breadcrumbs, herbs, and cheese, baked until the tomatoes are soft and the topping is crispy.
- Scalloped Corn: a creamy and rich corn casserole made by combining sweet corn kernels with a cheesy sauce, and then baked until the top becomes golden and bubbling.

These scalloped dishes offer a delightful medley of flavors, making them perfect additions to any meal or gathering. Experimenting with different ingredients and spices can add a unique twist to these classic recipes.

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