Pike heads “royally”
Everyone who seen the old Soviet Comedy “Ivan Vasilyevich changes occupation” heard of such a dish as “the pike heads with garlic”. However, not everyone knows that the movie was filmed on the eponymous play by Mikhail Bulgakov (of the action of the play occur in 30-e years of the last century), which is a little versed in history and was a fairly educated man. Because of the movie there was interest in this dish, the audience, who was given a new name the dish “pike heads for the Czar”.
This dish could only afford an aristocratic family. It wasn’t the fact that the pike couldn’t catch the common people! The whole secret lies in the simple fact which additional products are used for making “pike heads garlic”, except of course the heads of the pike and garlic.
To prepare you need
- Pike heads 3 units recommended head weight 250-300 grams
- Garlic (recommended: approximately 4 cloves, but depends on the size of garlic cloves)
- Nutmeg 1-1.5 grams
- Add a little of thyme 2 sprigs
- 100 ml sunflower oil
- 2 lemons
- Bay leaf
- Dill and parsley
- Onions and carrots
Now we need to talk about the process of cooking fish. Pike heads need to release from the gills and eyes. Eyes recommended to be removed using a knife and turning it 360 degrees in the eye socket. Removal of the gills are best suited scissors.
Next you want to place: the garlic cloves in the blender (previously used mortar, even in good restaurants use it, but to facilitate the work it is better to use a blender) we recommend that you add salt to taste, nutmeg, thyme, sunflower oil, whip until smooth. Pike heads are mixed with the obtained marinade. Need to marinate at least 1 hour or overnight, but then it is recommended to put the pike heads in the marinade in the refrigerator.
In modern conditions there are many inventions that facilitate the work of chefs. Because taken 3 piece of foil for baking about 30 cm per head 1 piece. 3 lemons cut into slices and placed on foil, then fit fresh dill (a little) and parsley, added a Bay leaf, placed on top of the perch is the head, and then, the resulting “bind” (using foil without threads or ropes) in a “sack”. It is recommended to stand the new marinade from 30 minutes to 1 hour to smell of lemon, cumin and fennel.
Next you need to heat the oven to 180 degrees! While the oven’s heating up cut onion rings and carrots. Everything is done at the last moment, to the carrots and onions were fresh. The bag with the head of the pike unleashes and around stack onion rings and carrots. Some use potatoes. It is unknown were the potatoes at the court of Ivan the terrible because add is not recommended.
Further, the bags pike heads again tied and sent in a preheated 180 degree oven. All baked for 40 minutes. It should be noted that adding spices will save the fish from the smell of slime which, complaining to some fishermen.