Tapas have become quite trendy over the past decade, often to their detriment. At a traditional tapas bar in Spain, the menu often includes simple seafood dishes, like this recipe for salt cod in a red pepper sauce. Guido's recipe calls for Spanish piquillo peppers, which are a bit spicier than roasted red peppers. They can be purchased in jars or cans from stores with an imported foods section. "Vizcaina" refers to Biscay, a Basque area of Spain.
Bacalao a la Vizcina
Salt, to taste 2 cod loins (about 8 oz. each) ¼ cup all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons olive oil (Spanish, of course) 2 onion slices, ½" thick 1 cup canned diced tomatoes Ground black pepper Piquillo peppers or pimientos, drained
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly salt cod; cut each loin into two or three pieces and dust with flour. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Cook cod until lightly browned on each side, about two minutes per side. Transfer to a baking dish and set aside.
Strain olive oil from skillet, wipe skillet clean and return oil to pan. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomato and cook until liquid has reduced. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour tomato mixture over cod.
Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Before serving, top with 2 or 3 strips of piquillo pepper or pimientos.