Hake, Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Bake


Hake, Broccoli, and Cheddar Cheese Bake

This recipe is perfect as a starter or a main course. If serving as a starter just use individual serving dishes instead of the large baking dish.

Serves 4 
Cooking time: 20 minutes

700g hake, skinned, boned and cut into 4cm chunks (or alternative cheap white fish)
200g broccoli, cut into small florets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
300ml light cream
200ml fish or vegetable stock (not essential)
1 tablesp. Dijon-style mustard
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 bay leaves
150g grated cheddar cheese
1 tablesp. capers
25g butter
50g stale white breadcrumbs
2 tablesp. chopped parsley

To Cook
Place the broccoli florets in a saucepan of salted boiling water. Bring back to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for one to two minutes until the broccoli is just tender. Remove from the heat immediately and drain well.  Transfer to an ovenproof baking dish and top with your chunks of white fish (approximately 24cm x 24cm).  Set aside while you prepare the sauce.
Add the cream, stock (optional), mustard, garlic and bay leaves to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and gently stir in most of the grated cheddar cheese, keeping aside 2 tablespoons for the topping. Add in capers and season with salt and pepper. Then spoon this mixture over the broccoli. Combine gently.

In a separate pan, melt the butter then add in the breadcrumbs. Mix together with reserved cheese and chopped parsley then sprinkle over the top of the hake and broccoli mixture. Bake in the oven for 20/25 mins at 180 degrees.

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