Oh my goodness... I don't know how this happened, but all of a sudden I'm supposed to be cooking seven fishes for Christmas Eve for 4 people (plus some sort of EASY vegetarian dish for 2 veggies). This was supposed to be my first year *trying* this with just myself and Mr. Belly, so it wouldn't really matter if I screw it up (there *are* 8 different take-out places within walking distance :-)). Now, here I am with 2 lbs of baccala and no idea!
I was thinking of majorly scaling down the original plan which was a shellfish-stuffed bass/snapper/whatever (from Marcella Hazan's book). Rather than that (which I've never done before), I'm thinking of doing Rachel Ray's Cioppino (which I've also never done, but at least it's easy!). She asks for 1.5 lbs cod and I'm wondering if I can use my soaked baccala. What do you think? If you have some other super-easy dish that involves several different "fishes", I'd love to know about it. (There's a link to Rachel Ray's recipe below).
Also, if you have some magical way to bail me out of this, I'd love to hear it! (Or, alternately, how about an easy veg. main dish - I was thinking of making lasagne tomorrow, sticking it in the freezer and using that.)
Oh yes, and just to make this a little more difficult, I'm doing all of this in my father-in-law's *very* small (and unfamiliar) kitchen, so anything that requires special gadgets is defintely out.
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
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