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Recipe: BBQ Fillet of Hake with Caramelised Shallots, Roast Beets and a Garden Pea Dressing


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New twist on the weekend BBQ...

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes (plus cooling time)

You’ll need:

200g beetroot, peeled and cut into quarters

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

4 tbsp olive oil

8 shallots – peeled and cut in half lengthways

2 tbsp runny honey

1 clove garlic, chopped

4 x 200g fillets of hake, skin on and boned

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1 clove garlic, chopped finely

Pea Dressing:

200g fresh peas, podded and blanched

4 tbsp white wine vinegar

300ml olive oil

Few leaves fresh spinach

Pinch sugar

Salt and freshly ground pepper

10 new potatoes, boiled until tender, cooled then sliced in half and griddled

What to do:

1. Make sure your coal embers are nice and hot or alternatively if it buckets down with rain, you can roast in the oven at 180C.

2. Take 2 sheets of tin foil approximately A4 size. On one sheet place the beetroot with the thyme and two of the tablespoons of olive oil. On the other piece place the shallots and pour on the third tablespoon of olive oil, honey and garlic. Pinch both sheets to form two parcels and roast for 30 minutes.

3. Take another piece of slightly bigger foil, pour on one tablespoon of olive oil and place the fillets of hake on top. Pour the lemon zest and juice over the top and finally a scattering of garlic. Pinch to form a parcel.

4. Once the beets and shallots are cooled and you are ready to serve – roast off the hake parcel for 6 minutes.

5. Whilst the hake is cooking make the pea dressing (This can be made in advance although it will discolour slightly). Blend the peas in a food blender with the vinegar, oil, spinach, sugar, salt and pepper.

6. When ready to serve up, arrange the potatoes, beetroot and shallots on the plate, spoon around the pea dressing and finally put the fish on top, pouring over any of the cooking juices.

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