Here is an article from the New York Times with a recipe for Fessi style baked fish. When you walk through the medina in Fez and see kids carrying these fish on the trays back from the public oven, you want to find a way to get invited for lunch. (Photo is taken from about.com Moroccan food website.) BiSahha! ___________________________________________
Baked Fish, Fez Style
Published: May 8, 2012
At lunchtime by the pool at La Mamounia, the lavish hotel in Marrakesh, the buffet is global. The grilled lobsters were tempting to be sure, but a highlight was fish boldly baked Moroccan-style, with spices, herbs, tomatoes and olives. I left Morocco a few weeks ago with the recipe ... It’s an easy all-in-one recipe that can be served at room temperature. Double or triple it and you have the anchor for a summer party menu, even on a buffet that is less copious than the one in Marrakesh.
Baked Fish, Fez Style
Adapted from La Mamounia, Marrakesh
Time: 1 hour
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 tablespoon minced cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika, preferably hot
1 pinch saffron threads, crushed
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 pounds fish fillets (4 fillets): fluke, black sea bass, hake
1 pound large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, in 1/2-inch-thick slices
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper
1 red bell pepper, cored and slivered
1 pint (1 pound) cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives.
1. Combine garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, paprika and saffron in a dish big enough for the fish. Mix vinegar, lemon juice and tomato paste in a small bowl. Add to dish and mix. Place fillets in the dish, turning to coat them, cover and set aside to marinate 2 hours at room temperature, 3 if refrigerated.
2. Place potatoes in a saucepan, add water to cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Drain.
3. Brush a baking dish that can go to the table and will hold the fish in a single layer with a little of the oil. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread potatoes in dish, season with salt and pepper, and place fish fillets on top. Scatter peppers and tomatoes over fish. Add a little more salt and pepper. Spoon any excess marinade over fish, strew with olives, drizzle with remaining oil and bake about 30 minutes, until fish is just cooked through.
Yield: 4 servings.