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Red Mullet, Andalusian Style (Salmonetes Andaluza)

ingredients

serves 6
6 Red mullets, cleaned and with the eyes removed
Juice of 1 lemon
75 g (3 oz) 3/4 cup Ground pine nuts
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 Small onion, finely chopped
4 Tbs Chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbs Olive oil
1 Green pepper, pith and seeds removed and cut into 1/2 cm (1 in) strips
6 Medium tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded and sliced
25 g (1 oz) 2 Tbs Butter, cut into small pieces
6 Black olives

method

1. Put the mullets in a large shallow bowl and pour over the lemon juice. Set aside at room temperature for 15 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to moderate 180°C (Gas Mark 4, 350°F).

3. Combine the pine nuts, garlic, onion, parsley and seasoning and gradually beat in the oil until the mixture is smooth and blended. Set aside.

4. Remove the fish from the marinade, discarding the marinating liquid and pat dry with kitchen towels. Arrange the fish, in one layer, in a large baking dish. Spread over the pine nut mixture making sure that each fish is evenly covered. Arrange the pepper strips over the fish and cover with the tomatoes. Dot over the butter and place the dish in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the fish flesh flakes easily.

5. Remove the dish from the oven and transfer the fish to a warmed serving dish. Place the olives in the uppermost eye socket of each fish and serve at once.

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