Catalan style Hake

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Catalan style Hake

Ingredients (4 People):

4 hake fillets

3 medium-size potatoes

2 cups of oil

1 large onion

1 garlic clove

12 spoons of tomato paste

0.02 g of saffron threads Safrà del Montsec (8-10 threads)






For the short stock

1¼ l. of water

1 laurel leaf

¼ glass of white wine

½ chopped onion

Remains of fish (head, tail…)

Salt to taste


Place all the ingredients of the short stock in a casserole on a high flame, and when it starts to boil lower the flame to half and cook for 20 minutes. Pass it through a fine sieve and put aside.

Place the saffron threads in half a glass of the stock you have just prepared and leave it infusing.

In a pan heat the two cups of oil and fry the peeled and cleaned potatoes, cut into not too thin slices and seasoned with salt. Remove before they begin to brown and put to one side.

Season the hake fillets with salt, coat them in flour and fry them in the same oil as the potatoes, then put to one side.

Remove the oil from the pan, leaving just a little to cover the base, add the onion and garlic finely chopped. When the onion begins to brown, add half a spoonful of flour, six spoons of tomato paste – stirring – and a teaspoonful of paprika. Stirring continually, add three cups of stock and leave to cook for 3 minutes. Remove from the flame, add the infusion of saffron and pass through the manual food mill. 

Cover the base of an earthenware casserole or ovenproof dish with the remaining tomato paste, place the potatoes on top and the fish over them. Add the sauce and place in a preheated oven at a medium temperature for 10 or 15 min. Serve on the same dish.

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The saffron comes from Asia Minor and there are data that used it 2,000 years B.C?

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In Spain it was introduced by the Arabs between the 8th and 10th centuries. From the beginning its main use was culinary, something that spread throughout all Mediterranean countries

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Catalonia was the gateway of saffron to the Iberian Peninsula, and it was the first region of Spain that, during the Middle Ages, cultivated and exported the first saffron recognized for its excellent quality

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The magnificent properties of saffron make it a versatile spice used in different fields? In addition to gastronomy, saffron is currently used in medicine, cosmetics and perfumery

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The saffron have a great source of vitamins that help improve the quality of life? It has been shown to even have beneficial effects in the fight against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis

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To get 1 kg of saffron, do you need about 200,000 flowers? The flower, which lasts only one day, has inspired numerous mythological tales, legends that have been born in the oldest civilizations.

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