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Recipe for hake with sliced tomato ‘crust’ and lemon-caper dressing

Sheryl Julian/Globe Staff

This column will run through October and offer simple ways to prepare native ingredients from the farmers’ market, farm stand, or fishmonger.

Serves 4

Hake is cod’s poor cousin, and as a result, lesser known and not as expensive. It’s plenty sweet and flaky, with a little more chew than cod, if you cook it protected by vegetables or parchment paper. We use sliced tomatoes grown in Backyard Farms’ greenhouses in Madison, Maine. Look for these or other fruits that are on the vine, larger than cherry tomatoes but smaller than sauce tomatoes. When field tomatoes come into season, use those (whatever size you have). Whisk a lemony caper dressing to spoon over the roast fish.

HAKE

Olive oil (for sprinkling)
2pounds skinless, boneless hake (or cod), cut into 4
pieces
Salt and black pepper, to taste
2tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or marjoram
1tablespoon chopped fresh mint
6small tomatoes on the vine, thinly sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper

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1. Set the oven at 450 degrees. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

2. Set the fish in the dish, skinned side up. Make the pieces an even thickness by tucking under the tail end. Rub the fish with oil and sprinkle with salt, black pepper, oregano or marjoram, and mint.

3. Arrange the tomatoes overlapping on the fish. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and red pepper.

4. Roast the fish for 15 minutes or until it is cooked through and firm to the touch.

DRESSING

Juice of 1 lemon
1teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
4tablespoons olive oil
1heaping tablespoon capers
Few sprigs fresh oregano or marjoram (for garnish)

1. In a bowl, whisk the lemon, mustard, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the olive oil until the dressing emulsifies. Stir in the capers.

2. Set a piece of fish on each of 4 plates. Spoon some dressing over each one. Garnish with oregano or marjoram. Sheryl Julian

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