Ingredients: Per 4 servings
- 1 ¾ lb gilt-head bream
- 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 leaves of bay leaves
- parsley to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
Descale and clean the fish, removing the innards. Wash and dry well. Place peeled garlic in the cavity of the fish. Brush a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil with oil. Place the fish on top.
Chop the parsley and, in a small bowl, mix it with the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper using a fork. Cover the fish with this sauce and place the bay leaves on top. Close the package by bringing together the two edges of the paper or foil and rolling them down around the fish, leaving a little space.
Bake the fish on a baking sheet in a 400°F oven for about 30 minutes.
Bring the fish to the table hot and still wrapped in its packet.
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