Baked Bass Over Potato-Fennel Gratin
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Make this simple, attractive dish complete by adding a fresh green salad and serving fruit for dessert. Super-healthy eating never tasted so good.
olive oil2 Tbsp, extra-virgin, divided
uncooked Yukon gold potato(es)4 medium, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
table salt¼ tsp, or to taste, divided
black pepper¼ tsp, or to taste, divided
uncooked shallot(s)4 medium, thinly sliced into rounds
uncooked fennel bulb(s)2 medium, tops removed, sliced in half lengthwise, cored, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
olive(s)8 medium, green variety (such as Sicilian), chopped
uncooked branzino (sea bass) fillet(s)1 ¼ pound(s), striped or Chilean, in one piece
white wine1 cup(s), dry variety
home-prepared fish stock½ cup(s), store-bought fish stock or water
pine nuts3 Tbsp, toasted
chives2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped
- Preheat oven to 425ºF. Place 2 teaspoons of oil in a 9- X 9-inch baking pan; rub oil around entire pan with your fingers to coat pan.
- Layer potato slices in pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper; drizzle with another teaspoon of oil. Next, add shallot slices and then fennel; scatter olives on top of fennel.
- Place entire piece of fish over olive layer and season to taste with salt and pepper; drizzle with remaining tablespoon of oil.
- Place pan in preheated oven and pour wine and water or stock over fish; bake until fish flakes with a fork and potatoes and fennel are tender, about 25 minutes. To serve, sprinkle each serving with 2 1/4 teaspoons of pine nuts and 1 1/2 teaspoons of chives. Yields about 5 oz of fish and 1 1/2 cups of potato-fennel mixture per serving.