Cheesy Cod or Haddock

Cheesy Cod or Haddock

1 pound cod or haddock fillets, cut into cubes
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
Bit of pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs
1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Place fish in greased baking dish.
In heavy saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth and remove from heat.
Gradually stir in half the milk; return to heat and beat until smooth. Gradually add remaining milk, salt, pepper and onion. Cook, stirring until smooth and thickened.
Pour sauce over fish and sprinkle with crumbs and cheese.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 15-30 minutes until sauce bubbles and fish is cooked.

Years ago, Cheesy Cod or Haddock was not the cheesy dish which we know today. A certain hotel originally served the dish garnished only with breadcrumbs. One fateful night, the kitchen ran out of breadcrumbs, and cheese was used as a substitute. The diners obviously enjoyed this version… for when they returned the following week and were served the original breadcrumb dish, they sent it back, requesting the cheese topping. It became an instant hit, and cod au gratin with grated cheese has since gone on to national and international fame.

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