By Chef H. Delgado
October 1, 2022
This week I bring you an easy and very familiar recipe. I have roasted this beautiful fish in the style of my great-grandmother Paca. A delicious dish perfect to put on the table and share as a main course with friends and family.
Ever since I was a little boy, I have heard my mother talk about Grandgrandma Paca. A woman who loved cooking and who, after the death of her husband, the tailor Don Cesario Rodriguez, my great-grandfather, decided to turn her tailor's shop into a motel house for students.
The tasty aromas coming from the oven of grandmother Paca in the inn house in the centre of Valladolid was something that did not go unnoticed among the students who stayed there. So much so that they often asked her to cook this special roast with gilthead bream for special occasions.
Today, it is an honour to share this delicious recipe with all of you. I hope you will like it. But before I start cooking this delicious recipe, let me tell you a bit about the main ingredient of this roast.
Gilthead bream is a highly prized fish in the Iberian Peninsula, where it is one of the main staples of the Spanish diet. Its consumption dates back to prehistoric times, as remains of fish bones have been found in different archaeological sites. Due to the many kilometres of coastline in the east and south of Spain, it is likely that gilthead bream, along with other fish characteristics of areas close to the coast, was one of the most commonly caught fish.
During the Roman occupation, the gilthead bream was used in countless dishes and sauces. Still, the Muslims, from the 8th century AD onwards, introduced the high esteem in which this food is held today, as well as complex recipes with it as one of the main ingredients.
For the "Majado"
This dish is nice to present the whole roast at the table and then serve it plate by plate. I put the baking paper on the base to be able to change it easily to this beautiful dish.
I hope you enjoyed this delicious roast. Thank you, Grandma Paca, wherever you are, for passing on this delicious recipe and teaching your daughter and granddaughter to cook well. May you know that today your recipe has become universal.
Have a tasty day!
Love for the product, take care of the technique, elegant execution, and above all, nature and environment respect, are my values as a professional.
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