Monkfish in "porchetta" with organic artichokes

Difficulty: 
media
Method: 
40 min
For: 
4
Ingredients: 

1 medium-size monkfish (500-600g)

200g pancetta tesa (Italian flat bacon)

360g small artichokes (Valbìo sliced Artichokes in oil)

half a glass of aromatic white wine

a few sprigs of wild fennel

1 clove garlic

1 lemon

10 shallots to garnish (optional)

extra-virgin olive oil

salt

 

pepper

Method: 

- Butterfly the monkfish, after removing the skin and the central bone.

 - Grease the flesh with a drizzle of oil and season with a pinch of salt, pepper and a few sprigs of wild fennel.

- Peel and finely chop the clove of garlic and sauté it in a pan with a drizzle of oil. Add the artichokes after draining them well. Cook for a few minutes. Let them cool a little. Remove any cooking juices.

- Lay the slices of bacon, slightly overlapping, on a sheet of baking paper and put the monkfish in the middle.

- Put the artichokes in the centre of the monkfish, close the flesh and then wrap the bacon around it well.

- Tie it all up with some kitchen string and put it in an oven dish.

- Peel the shallots, cut them in half and place them around the monkfish. Pour over the wine, sprinkle with olive oil and bake in a hot oven at 180°C for about 30 minutes.