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Corsican Grilled Whole Fish with Breadcrumbs and Anchovies

5 tb Extra-virgin olive oil
1 sm Onion; minced
1 Egg
3 tb Chopped fresh parsley
1 tb Anchovy paste
1/2 ts Minced fresh rosemary
1/2 ts Minced fresh thyme
1 1/2 c Coarse fresh white breadcrumbs


1 Whole fish; (such as sea bass), cleaned (3 1/2-to 4-pound)

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and cool. Add egg, 2 tablespoons parsley, anchovy paste, rosemary and thyme. Mix in 3/4 cup breadcrumbs. Season stuffing with pepper

Make two 1/2-inch-deep diagonal cuts on each side of fish, spacing cuts about 3 inches apart. Season fish cavity with salt and pepper. Spoon stuffing into cavity (do not pack tightly). Skewer opening closed.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 3/4 cup breadcrumbs; saute until golden, about 6 minutes. Mix in 1 tablespoon parsley. Season topping with salt and pepper.

Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Brush grill with oil. Brush fish all over with 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt. Place fish on grill and cook until fish is opaque in thickest part, turning once, about 25 minutes. Using metal spatula, transfer fish to platter. Remove skewers. Sprinkle fish with breadcrumb topping.

Serves 6.




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