Skate baked in the bag with artichokes, purple potatoes, capers & crème fraîche

Skate Recipe

Serves 4

  • 1 kg purple potatoes, scrubbed

  • 5 medium to large globe artichokes

  • 1 lemon

  • 4 heaped tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 handful fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 1 large handful fresh parsley, chopped

  • 4 heaped tablespoons capers in oil or brine, drained

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 x 225 g skate pieces, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, trimmed and halved

  • 4 small wineglasses white wine

  • 4 small sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 4 tablespoons crème fraîche

First make your 4 tinfoil or greaseproof paper bags. Do this by taking 4 x A5-sized pieces of foil or greaseproof paper, fold each one in half then fold up the 2 ends tightly, giving you an 'envelope'. Preheat the oven to 250ºC/475ºF/gas 9. Boil your spuds until cooked, then drain and put to one side to cool. Slice them up roughly. Peel back the artichoke leaves, remove the chokes with a teaspoon, then rub the artichokes with lemon juice to stop them discolouring and slice very finely. Put the artichokes and potatoes in a bowl with the melted butter, thyme, parsley and capers and season well. Toss together and divide between the bags. There'll be a little butter left over in the bottom of the bowl, so you can add a little olive oil to it and use this to rub on to the skate pieces.



Season the fish then place on top of the potatoes and artichokes. Add a glass of wine to each bag with a sprig of rosemary, tightly sealing the final side and pulling up the corners so that the liquid is contained. Bake on a roasting tray in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. By this time the bags will be beautifully puffed up. Serve at the table so that your guests can open their bags themselves, leaving a plate of really flavoursome vegetables, fish and juice. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche, seasoned with a little salt and pepper, and a nice green salad.

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Skate baked in the bag with artichokes, purple potatoes, capers & crème fraîche

Beautifully soft fish that just falls off the bone

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Potatoes and artichokes are always such a winning combination with fish, so I've put them in this dish, using fantastic purple potatoes which I've seen in the supermarket – if you can't find them, ask your local store to get some in. They're a great colour and, served in this way, might help in getting your kids to eat fish if they're not keen. They're not floury and they're not waxy, just somewhere in the middle, so they're great for baking and boiling. Buy the skate as fresh as you can – it doesn't matter if the pieces are large or small, as you'll want to cut them up anyway. Steaming skate makes it really soft, so it will just fall off the bone when done. This dish is just as good when eaten cold as a salad.

First make your 4 tinfoil or greaseproof paper bags. Do this by taking 4 x A5-sized pieces of foil or greaseproof paper, fold each one in half then fold up the 2 ends tightly, giving you an 'envelope'. Preheat the oven to 250ºC/475ºF/gas 9. Boil your spuds until cooked, then drain and put to one side to cool. Slice them up roughly. Peel back the artichoke leaves, remove the chokes with a teaspoon, then rub the artichokes with lemon juice to stop them discolouring and slice very finely. Put the artichokes and potatoes in a bowl with the melted butter, thyme, parsley and capers and season well. Toss together and divide between the bags. There'll be a little butter left over in the bottom of the bowl, so you can add a little olive oil to it and use this to rub on to the skate pieces.

Season the fish then place on top of the potatoes and artichokes. Add a glass of wine to each bag with a sprig of rosemary, tightly sealing the final side and pulling up the corners so that the liquid is contained. Bake on a roasting tray in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. By this time the bags will be beautifully puffed up. Serve at the table so that your guests can open their bags themselves, leaving a plate of really flavoursome vegetables, fish and juice. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche, seasoned with a little salt and pepper, and a nice green salad.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 1012
    51%
  • Carbs 52.5g
    20%
  • Sugar 14.7g 16%
  • Fat 4.2g 6%
  • Saturates 22.9g 114%
  • Protein 62.5g 138%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 1 kg purple potatoes, scrubbed

  • 5 medium to large globe artichokes

  • 1 lemon

  • 4 heaped tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 handful fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 1 large handful fresh parsley, chopped

  • 4 heaped tablespoons capers in oil or brine, drained

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 x 225 g skate pieces, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, trimmed and halved

  • 4 small wineglasses white wine

  • 4 small sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 4 tablespoons crème fraîche