Baking

Vine leaf-wrapped ocean trout with braised fennel

Vineleaf-wrapped ocean trout withbraised fennel
4
1H 10M

Ingredients

Method

1.Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced.
2.Reserve enough frond tips to make ¼ cup before trimming fennel bulbs. Slice fennel thinly, then combine in large shallow baking dish with onion, garlic, oil, juice, stock and wine. Bake, covered, in oven 30 minutes. Uncover, stir; bake, uncovered, further 20 minutes or until vegetables soften, stirring occasionally.
3.Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil. Dip vine leaves for 10 seconds; transfer immediately to medium bowl of iced water. Drain on absorbent paper. Slightly overlap two vine leaves, vein-sides up, on board; centre one fish fillet on leaves, top with a quarter of the rind and a quarter of the reserved frond tips. Fold leaves over to enclose fish. Repeat with remaining leaves, fish, rind and frond tips. Place vine-leaf parcels on oiled oven tray; bake about 15 minutes or until fish is cooked as desired.
4.Stir grapes into hot fennel mixture; stand, covered, 2 minutes before serving with fish.

Fresh grapevine leaves can be found in most specialist greengrocers. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-packed leaves in brine from Middle-Eastern food stores; rinse and dry well before using.

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