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Gratin of Cod Cheeks

Now! Yes I said cheeks, not many people know about these little nuggets of deliciousness! So speak to your fishmonger really really nicely and he may be able to get his hands on some for you! If you are lucky!

I use them as frequently as I can get them, they're becoming rather "fashionable" on the cheffy scene, which is great as they were once just thrown away which is a real shame

This recipe I'm going to share with you guys is just one of the ways I like to use them

This recipe will serve 4 people


  1. 600g of cod cheeks ( chunks of monkfish will be fine)

  2. 600ml full fat milk

  3. 1 onion which has been peeled and cut in half

  4. 8 cloves

  5. 6 bay leaf

  6. Good pinch of nutmeg

  7. 4 sprigs of fresh thyme

  8. 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns

  9. 80g butter

  10. 50g plain flour

  11. 200ml double cream

  12. 100g of grated mature cheddar cheese

  13. 50g breadcrumbs (I use panko that you can find in supermarkets)


  1. In a saucepan bring to the boil the milk, onion, bay leaf, nutmeg, thyme, cloves and peppercorns

  2. Once boiling remove from the heat and allow to infuse for about an hour

  3. Now bring it back to the boil and strain