Baked Stuffed Sea Bream

Cooking time—30–40 min.

Ingredients

  • One 3–4 lb. sea bream (cleaned)
  • 3 rashers streaky bacon

    Stuffing

  • 2 oz. margarine
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 4 oz. cooked rice
  • ¼ level teasp. sage
  • ¼ level teasp. thyme
  • oz. chopped stuffed olives (optional)
  • seasoning to taste

Garnish

  • Parsley or watercress

Method

Scale the fish and trim the fins and tail. Leave the head on, but remove the eyes. To make the stuffing, melt the margarine in a pan, add the chopped onion and celery and fry gently for about 3 min. Add the rice and remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly over the heat for 2–3 min. Stuff fish with some of the mixture and spread the remainder over the bottom of a shallow fire-proof dish. Place the fish on top and cover with the bacon, cut in long thin strips, arranged in a criss-cross pattern. Bake in a fairly hot oven (375° F., Gas 5) for 30–40 min. (allowing 10 min. per lb.). Serve in the same dish, garnished with parsley or watercress.

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