Hake with Romesco Crust

Angela Hartnett cooks a Spanish treat of fish baked in a roast pepper and almond crust with fried courgettes
By Angela Hartnett
Hake with Romesco Crust
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 1 x 290 g jar roasted peppers, drained and cut into quarters
  • 1 tbsp freshleaves rosemary, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 50 g almonds
  • 50 g drywhite breadcrumbs
  • 2 courgettes
  • 4 x 150 g portions of hake, skin on
  • salt and black pepper

Method

1. Preheat oven to 100C/gas ΒΌ.

2. Lay the peppers on a baking sheet. Sprinkle over the rosemary, garlic, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season. Place in the oven and bake for 2 hours to dry out the peppers. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Increase the oven temperature to 180C/gas 4.

3. Once cool, place the peppers in a food processor with the almonds and breadcrumbs and blend until they have a sandy texture.

4. Slice the courgettes into discs 5mm thick. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the courgettes and season. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove from the pan and set aside.

5. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the frying pan over a high heat. Add the hake portions, skin-side down and cook for 2 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown.

6. Transfer to a baking sheet skin-side up and sprinkle the prepared topping over the fish.

7. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, until the flesh offers no resistance when you pierce it with the top of a knife. Place the courgettes on individual plates and top with a piece of hake.

8. Finish by spooning over some of the cooking juices.

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