The very first colonial industry in America was groundfishing; that is, catching fish that swim close to the bottom. In fact for over 400 years, groundfishing has been a prominent part of both the economy and the culture of New England. Bottom-dwellers caught by groundfishing include cod, haddock, redfish and flounder.
Here is a tasty and easy to fix cod recipe that has some really interesting layers of flavor. Other whitefish may be substituted for cod.
4 cod fillets (approximately 6 oz. each)
1 cup honey mustard salad dressing
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup crushed potato chips
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. Lawry’s® seasoned pepper (or black pepper)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with no-sick spray. In a bowl or deep dish, marinate the fish filets in the honey mustard dressing. In another bowl, thoroughly mix the shredded cheese and the crushed potato chips together. Place the marinated fish on the baking sheet and sprinkle the pepper and garlic powder on top of fillets. Then top with the cheese/chip mixture. Bake, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
“New England has a harsh climate, a barren soil, a rough and stormy coast, and yet we love it, even with a love passing that of dwellers in more favored regions."
--Henry Cabot Lodge