Hake with green sauce and clams
By Mitch Tonks
- 4 x 180g hake fillets
- Flour, for dusting
- 100ml olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 handfuls of parsley, finely chopped
- 2 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- Splash of dry white wine
- 1 birds eye chilli
- 1 bay leaf
- 200g fresh clams or mussels
- Salt and pepper
Give the fish a good dusting of flour and season well, pour the olive oil into a casserole dish and when it’s hot add the garlic and fry for a minute then remove, by doing this you will give oil a real garlicky flavour which is a good base to start from.
When the garlic is cooled crush or pound it in a pestle and mortar and mix it with the parsley: it’s important that the parsley is as fine as you can get it.
Brown the fish on both sides in the oil and remove from the pan and set aside then brown the potato slices. Add a splash of wine and then sit the fish on top of the potatoes, add the parsley and garlic and just enough water to cover the potatoes.
Add the chilli, bay leaf and clams, cover and cook gently for 7-8 minutes until the clams open, the fish should be moist and cooked by this time and the thin slices of potato all breaking up as you serve the fish from the pan.
This dish needs pepper to season but there should be plenty of salt from the clams and the sauce should be a vibrant green from the parsley.