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Hake with braised artichokes, peas & bacon
main courses | serves 4
The artichoke braise also stands up on its own as a starter, antipasto or side dish.
1. Heat a splash of olive oil in a shallow saucepan. Add the shallots and thyme sprigs and cook very gently, covered, for 10 minutes, or until soft but not coloured. Add the artichokes and bacon and sweat gently for 5 minutes, until the fat runs from the bacon.
2. Add a splash of sherry vinegar and the stock and continue to cook for about 15 minutes, until the artichokes are soft when prodded with a knife. Add the peas; there should still be liquid in the bottom of the pan, so if it looks a little dry, add a splash of water from the kettle. Cook for 6–8 minutes, or until soft, then take the pan off the heat, taste and season. Set aside, covered, while you cook the fish.
3. Heat a little olive oil in a nonstick pan. Season the hake fillets then add to the pan, skin-side down, and cook over a medium-high heat for 3 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and golden. Turn and cook for another 1–3 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet, until just cooked through. To finish, stir a good glug of olive oil through the vegetables then serve at room temperature with the fish and lemon wedges.
Per serving 361 cals, 14.8g fat (3g saturated), 34.2g protein, 15.3g carbs, 3.6g sugars
Recipe Pete Begg
Photo Anders Sconnemann
from Issue 28
ingredients• Extra-virgin olive oil
• 8 small shallots, left whole
• A few thyme sprigs
• 4 violet artichokes, outer leaves and heart removed and each cut into 6 pieces
• 3 bacon rashers, cut into 2cm strips
• Sherry vinegar
• 200ml chicken stock
• A handful of frozen peas
• 4 x 125g–150g hake fillets, skin on
• 1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve