Apply a no-fuss touch to fish in this all-in-one Italian-inspired bake with crispy potatoes, roasted peppers and olives
- 300g red-skinned potatoes, thinly sliced into rounds
- 1 red pepper, cut into strips
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 rosemary sprig, leaves removed and very finely chopped
- 2 sea bass fillets
- 25g pitted black olive, halved
- ½ lemon, sliced thinly into rounds
- handful basil leaves
MethodArrange the potato and pepper slices on a large non-stick baking tray. Drizzle over 1 tbsp oil and scatter with the rosemary, a pinch of salt and a good grinding of pepper. Toss everything together well and roast for 25 mins, turning over halfway through, until the potatoes are golden and crisp at the edges.
- 2-3 large oranges
- zest 1 lemon (use the juice below)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 x 300g whole small sea bass, scaled, gutted and slashed a few times down each side
- 2 oranges, segmented
- juice 1 lemon
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 bags watercress
- handful small capers
- handful pitted green olives, roughly chopped
- Finely grate the zest of 1 of the oranges and add to the lemon zest. Mix with the olive oil, then drizzle over the fish and season. Cut the rest of the oranges into slices about 5mm thick. When the coals are ashen, arrange the orange slices over the barbecue in groups the length of each fish. Char the orange slices on 1 side, then flip them over and lay the fish on top of them – this stops the fish sticking. Barbecue the fish for 5-8 mins on each side (turning them carefully), or until the flesh flakes away easily when prodded.
- While the fish is barbecuing (or beforehand), make the salad. Put the orange segments in a large bowl with the squeezed juice from the rest of the oranges and the lemon juice. Season and stir in the olive oil. When the fish is cooked, toss the watercress in the orange dressing with the capers and olives. Serve the fish with the salad.
- 1½ lemons, zested and juiced, ½ sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- 6 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked from 4 and chopped
- 8 lamb cutlets, trimmed of excess fat
- 500g new potato, thinly sliced
- 2 red peppers, deseeded and thickly sliced
- 4 small vine tomatoes, halved
- 50g black olive
- 3 tbsp caper, drained and rinsed
- Whisk the lemon zest and juice with 1 tbsp olive oil, the garlic, chopped rosemary leaves and seasoning. Add the lamb cutlets, toss to coat, then set aside to marinate for 30 mins if you have the time. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
- Toss the potatoes with ½ tbsp olive oil and some seasoning. Tip into a large, shallow roasting dish and put in the oven for 15 mins.
- Remove the dish and shake to loosen the potatoes, then top with the peppers, lemon slices, rosemary sprigs and tomatoes. Drizzle with the remaining oil and some seasoning. Return to the oven for 10 mins.
- Place the lamb cutlets on top of the veg. Scatter over the olives and capers. Cook for a final 10-12 mins, turning the lamb halfway until it is just pink. Serve straight from the dish.
- 1 whole sea bass, about 300g
- olive oil
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 40g button mushroom, sliced
- ½ tbsp white wine vinegar
- 200ml veal stock
- ½ tbsp butter
- 4 small shallots
- 10 garlic cloves
- olive oil
- 2½ parsnips
- 60ml milk
- ½ tbsp butter
- ½ parsnip
- oil for deep-frying
- For the crisps, peel parsnips and slice lengthways, using a mandolin to slice as thinly as possible. Deep-fry in hot oil until crisp. Drain on kitchen towels to absorb any excess fat and set aside in a dry place. Can be made up to 1 day ahead and kept in an airtight container.
- For the caramelised garlic, peel the shallots and garlic. Blanch the shallots in boiling salted water for 10 mins or until tender. Cut them in half if large and drain well. Put the garlic in a small saucepan of boiling salted water, bring to the boil for 2 mins, then drain and change the water. Repeat 4 times and drain well. Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the shallots and garlic and cook until caramelised, shaking the pan so they don’t stick. Can be made in the morning and reheated.
- For the purée, peel the parsnips and cut them into big chunks. Cook in boiling salted water until tender. Bring the milk to the boil and set aside. Drain the parsnips well, then put in a blender with the butter and some of the boiled milk and blend until totally smooth: the purée should be the consistency of double cream, so add more milk if necessary. Season and keep warm or make ahead and reheat.
- Scale and fillet the fish. Remove any pin bones (or ask your fishmonger to do this, but keep the bones for the sauce). Rinse under cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper. Score the skin of the fish several times with a sharp knife to help prevent it from curling during cooking. Leave the bones (but not the heads) to soak in cold water.
- To make the sauce, heat a little olive oil in a pan and cook the shallots for about 5 mins until golden and soft. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally. Drain the fish bones, add to the pan and cook for 5-6 mins. Add the vinegar and let it come to the boil for 3 mins, then add the stock, season lightly and simmer for 30 mins, skimming at regular intervals. Pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan, bring back to the boil and whisk in the butter to thicken and gloss the sauce.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan until smoking hot, add a few drops of oil, then add the fish, skin side down. Season with salt and pepper and press the fish down with a palette knife if it begins to curl up. Once the skin is well browned, turn the fillets over and cook the other side; the whole process should take no more than 5-6 mins, depending on the thickness of the fish. To serve, spoon the purée on to warmed plates, make a hollow in the centre, and fill with the caramelised garlic and shallots. Pour the sauce around the purée, place the fish on top and add a few parsnip crisps for garnish.