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Monkfish wrapped in Serrano ham

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This recipe is based on one of Tamasin Day-Lewis's, a writer whose writing style I find intensely irritating, but it has to be said that her recipes are usually excellent.


Serve with slow-roasted tomatoes, or if you want to turn it into a more substantial main course, double the quantity and serve with Pommes Anna or Janssen's Temptation as well as the tomatoes


Serves 6 as a starter


600g monkfish fillet

a sprig of rosemary

olive oil

6 bay leaves

a clove of garlic

6 slices of Serrano ham (or similar)

half a lemon


Preheat the oven to 220°C.


Check over the fish and remove any remaining bones or membrane covering the flesh. Cut into six more-or-less equal sized chunks.


Heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a small frying pan. Crush the garlic with a little coarse salt in a pestle and mortar and finely chop the rosemary leaves. Fry the garlic and rosemary gently for a couple of minutes. You want them to release their aromas but not to brown.


Lay out the slices of ham flat and brush each generously with the garlic/rosemary oil. Put a chunk of fish on each and squeeze over the lemon half. Wrap each piece of fish up in the ham and put them close together into a small roasting tin or gratin dish, with a bay leaf between the little parcels. Grind over some black pepper.


Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until cooked. Serve immediately.

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