Cold Smoked Pollack, Tomato & Spinach Bruschetta

Cold Smoked Pollack, Tomato & Spinach Bruschetta

Sandra Tate

I had intended to smoke cod this week, but a thick, skinless loin of pollack caught my eye. This firm, flaked, white fish is not quite as delicate in flavour as cod but sensational all the same.



Dissolve 70g sea salt & 30g light brown sugar in 500ml boiling water and allow to cool completely.

Immerse the 800g pollack loin in the brine in a snug container and leave for 1 hour.

Rinse and dry completely on kitchen paper.

Set up the Bradley Smoker with the cold smoke attachment and stack filled with Maple bisquettes then set to smoke for 2-3 hours (depending on your own preference for level of smokiness).

Place the pollack on a wire rack in the centre of the cabinet.

Again, depending on preference, open the top vent for light smoke and fully close for a more intense smoke.

Remove from the cabinet, wrap tightly in cling film and store in the fridge until required.

Serves 2

Cut 2 x 100g steaks from the smoked pollack loin and set aside.

Take 4 ripe tomatoes and chop into large dice; 1 clove garlic, crushed with 1 tsp salt to a pulp; 2 tbsp olive oil and 2 handfuls of young spinach leaves.

Heat the oil over medium heat and add the tomatoes and garlic salt, season with black pepper and cook for a few minutes to soften and lose their liquid.

Add the spinach and cook for a further minute or until wilted.

Remove from heat and set aside.

In a small frying pan, melt a good knob of butter to foaming over medium heat.

Dust the pollack steaks with flour, shake off excess and pan fry for 4 minutes each side (less if it's not so thick).

While the fish cooks, brush 2 slices of sourdough with olive oil and grill to golden.

Set a slice of bruschetta on each plate, top with tomato, garlic and spinach sauce and sit the smoked pollack on top.

Serve immediately.


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