Boneless Shad Layered With Its Roe


Serves 4

Ingredients:
For the roe filling:
                  1 medium pair shad roe, 7 or 8 ounces
                  1 tablespoon soft unsalted butter
                  Course salt and freshly ground pepper
                  1/2 teaspoon pureed garlic
                  1 tablespoon chopped chives
                  1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
                  2 boned shade fillets, 3/4 pound each (they'll be cut down the middle
                  to remove the small bones, leaving two flaps that can be opened out)
                  Nonstick spray

For the crumb topping:
                  1 cup fresh white bread crumbs
                  2 tablespoons capers, minced
                  4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
                  Lemon wedges for garnish

    Preheat oven to 450 degree F.

Make the filling:
    Using scissors, carefully split the membrane around the roe and spread the roe open.
Using a teaspoon, gently scrape all the eggs away from the membrane and put them in a bowl.
Gently stir to combine the roe, butter and seasonings.
    Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper. Spray the bottom of a shallow baking
pan with nonstick spray and lay the fish in t e pan, skin side down. Fold open the sides of fillets and
gently spread half of the roe filling in a thin layer over each fillet. Fold the sides of the fish over the
filling. Put the bread crumbs in a bowl and combine them with the capers and melted butter. Pat half
the mixture over each fish and bake for 20 minutes. Transfer the fish to a warm platter and serve
with lemon wedges.


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