I love this recipe because it is very simple, it incorporates Paleo ingredients, and it dabbles in the Primal category with the inclusion of Grass Fed Butter. I am no Nutrition Nazi and I love me some butter, so this preparation “takes the cake” when it comes to fish preparations.
The Food Lover’s Companion defines Piccataas: 1. The Italian word for Veal Escalope. 2. A classic dish of a seasoned and floured veal escalope that’s quickly sauteed and served with a sauce made from the pan drippings, lemon juice and chopped parsley. Chicken is also sometimes prepared in this manner.
Well, today, we are preparing cod in this manner. While we’d do well to pan fry these suckers and use the pan juices as suggested, it doesn’t work so well when cooking in bulk. However, if you are only making two pieces, then just use enough oil to pan fry them and then follow that up in the same pan with the sauce ingredients…
If I remember correctly, Jesse the cameraman said that this was one of his favorite meals he’s eaten in the year and a half we’ve been shooting together. If that alone is not enough to persuade you, Cod is cheap and capers are cool, so please give this one a go…
We’ve got this one of the new pig pit. Take note of that hat on the ground…
And this one of the custom lid that Mr. Craig fabricated…
As you can see, Mr. Craig has been busy. He is as excited as I am, both for the pig roast and for the moonshine! 😉 Stay tuned as we document the pig roast from pen to pit to plate…
In the meantime, take it easy on the moonshine and do your best to…
“Keep It Paleo!”
Pacific Cod Picatta
“Keep It Paleo!”
We have 20oz. of uncooked fish. We’re going to estimate that that cooks down to 18oz. There are 1.5oz of cooked cod in one protein block. So, we have 12 protein blocks of fish.
The sum of all of the carbs in this dish is equal to less than one block, so we are not going to count them.
We have three fat sources going on; the breading, the oil, and the butter.
We have a total of 63.33 blocks of fat.
The Balancing Act:
We can look at this as a 1:5 Protein to Fat ratio. Since fat is glycemically neutral, it is not a huge deal to consume it in these quantities. However, if weight loss is your goal, then you will want to cut back on all of the fats. You could do this by breading the fish and then baking it with a light spray of coconut/olive oil. You could also reduce or completely eliminate the butter.
I’m going to say that I’m a fire breather who has an activity factor of .85. I wouldn’t worry about the fat. I’d eat one piece of fish with some sauce and one sweet potato and call it a 3 block meal.
If I’m trying to lose weight, I’d have one piece of fish with no butter in the sauce and I’d use the baking method described above. I’d eat this with 3 cups of steamed broccoli and call it a 3 block meal.
This is mainly a Protein and Fat source. We have some trace Carbohydrates, but we’re not going to count them because they are so few.