Every Tuesday I send my wish list for the market on Thursday to Mirco, the fishmonger. Often I ask him to surprise me with a new unknown whole fish which I prepare the same day. This week he has a ‘mormora’ for me. Literally ‘mormora’ means ‘murmers’, officially it’s a beautiful striped sea bass. The fish has lots of little bones, but it’s flavor is delicate and it’s for sure a low fat one.
Good ingredients = simple recipes. For 2p, boil 500-600 of small sized new potatoes for 10 minutes in salted water. Drain and cut them in halves. Wash 600 grams of cherry tomatoes. Slice 6 ( yes) garlic cloves. Chop a handful of fresh rosemary leaves. Take a large oven dish. Mix the potatoes with 2 table spoons of olive oil. Add the rosemary, garlic, salt, peperoncini and black pepper. Stir. Bake in the oven at 200° for 15-20 minutes. Stir. Add the tomatoes and 1 table spoon of halved black olives. Bake for another 15 minutes. In the meantime, wash and dry the mormora. Season with pepper and salt. Fill the abdomen with parsley stems and lemon. Put the fish in the middle of the oven dish. Put 2 slices of lemon on the fish. Bake for another 15-20 minutes ( for a small sized fish of approximately 500 grams).
Finish with fresh parsley. Thanks, Mirco, for introducing me in the amazing world of fishes.