What could be more comforting and welcoming on a cold winter's night than a bubbling hot gratin (with just a few minutes under the broiler)? This delicious recipe provides umami in the form of oysters and grated cheese. Ideal served with some crusty bread.
¼cupgrated cheesee.g. cheddar
salt & pepper to taste
Clean the oysters in salted water and dry well. Cut the cod into bite-sized chunks. Cut the spring onion into ½ inch lengths, and slice the potato into ½ inch pieces.
Bring the chicken stock to boil, add the oysters and cod and poach quickly. Remove the oysters and cod, and reserve the cooking liquid.
Melt the butter in a frying pan, and fry the spring onion and potato, before adding the flour. When the flour has formed a paste, begin to gradually add the milk and the cooking liquid, stirring well after each addition.
Season with salt and pepper. When the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat. Pour half of the sauce into an oven-proof dish, and then add the oysters and cod. Top with the remaining sauce, and sprinkle with grated cheese. Place under the oven broiler until lightly browned on top.
Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.