Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
A great dish from simple ingredients. It's worth splurging a bit on the quality and quantity of the olive oil. And for this dish, don't use heavily cured or marinated olives--the little oil cured ones are great. Any firm-fleshed fish will work.
- 2 large baking potatoes
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 15 bay leaves, preferably fresh
- 1 cup black olives, pitted
- 1 1⁄2 lbs monkfish fillets (or other sturdy white fish)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Peel and thinly slice the potatoes (a mandoline is great for this).
- Cover the bottom of a 9x12-inch baking dish with half the olive oil, and top with the potatoes in a single layer (they can overlap a little).
- Season with salt and pepper and top with the bay leaves and remaining oil.
- Roast for ten minutes, turn the pan back to front, and roast ten minutes more (by now the potatoes should be browning--if not, give them another minute or two).
- Top the potatoes with the olives and lay the fish on top, sprinkling it with salt and pepper.
- Roast the dish for an additional ten minutes or until the fish is tender but not overcooked.
- Serve immediately.