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Carp With Rosemary And Fennel - {Regina In Porchetta}

Regina in porchetta is that lovely classical Umbrian fish dish made with carp so revered by the fishermen of Isola Maggiore but, if that is not available, use whole farm-raised trout or sea bass. The delicacy of the fish is balanced by the savory stuffing of rosemary and fennel seeds, reminiscent of the preparation used for stuffing pork, hence the name "in porchetta". This is such an easy dish to prepare for company that it will become a favorite!

Cuisine: Italian
Type: Fish
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs 1135g / 40ozWhole cleaned carp
  = (or farm-raised trout or sea bass)
1/4 lb 113g / 4ozCooked ham - (optional)
2 sections  Fresh rosemary - needles only
1 tablespoon 15mlFresh fennel seeds
4   Garlic cloves - peeled
  Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup 59mlColavita extra-virgin olive oil
  Fine sea salt - to taste

Recipe Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and dry the fish in and out and set aside.

Mince the ham, rosemary, fennel seeds, and garlic together in a food processor until a paste is formed. Stuff the paste into the cavity of the fish and place the fish in a lightly oiled baking dish large enough to hold it.

In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice and the olive oil until an emulsion is formed. Add salt to taste.

Bake the fish for 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the lemon and olive oil mixture. Carefully transfer the fish to a cutting board; remove the head and discard. Scrape the skin away from the fish and discard it. Carefully remove the filling from the cavity and place on a serving platter; remove the fish meat with a couple of soup spoons and serve immediately along with some of the filling. Pass lemon wedges on the side for sprinkling on top of the fish.

This recipe yields 3 to 4 servings.

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