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Baked Stuffed Herring

8 medium whole herring or 16 fillets -- with skin on
8 ounces bread crumbs
5 ounces butter
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 garlic clove -- grated
1 egg -- beaten
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 ounces lemon juice
Salt -- to taste

If whole herring were purchased, scale and then fillet the fish. Leave the skin on. Wash the fillets that you prepared or purchased and pat dry.

To make the stuffing combine bread crumbs, 3 ounces of softened butter, parsley, thyme and garlic in a bowl. Stir lightly until mixed.

Mix the eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice in a separate bowl. Add egg mixture to the crumbs and mix. Add salt if desired.

Place half of the herring fillets on a well-oiled baking sheet skin-side down. Top each fillet with 1 1/2 ounces of stuffing and spread it evenly over the length of the fillet. Place the second fillet on top and press down lightly. Brush the fish with the remaining melted butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until fish turns opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork.

This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.

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