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Salt Baked Whole Bass

2 Whole bass - (14 to 16 oz ea); gutted and scaled
10 Sprigs Fresh thyme
4 Bay leaves
2 lb Salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stuff the cavity of each bass with 5 sprigs of thyme and 2 bay leaves. On a medium sheet tray, sprinkle enough salt onto the tray to make a bed for the bass. Lay the bass on the salt bed, about 2 inches apart. Top with the remaining salt, making sure to completely enclose the bass in salt, pack it on. Place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes. The salt will harden and form a crust. Carefully remove the crust. The fish should be perfectly cooked, not salty, and very moist. Debone the fish by cutting down the back bone of the fish and turning over the fillet. Place on a platter and serve. This recipe yields 2 servings.


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