Select one large black bass or two small ones ; clean the head and let it remain on the fish. Slice four tomatoes and cut in halves. Make a plain bread dressing (stuffing); open the fish, rub the inside lightly with salt and soft butter; lay a thick layer of tomatoes in, then a layer of the bread dressing, alternating them until the fish is well stuffed; then bind with a string. Lard the fish with strips of bacon. Lay in a baking-pan, add one cupful of hot water and one tablespoonful of butter, and bake, basting often. In fifteen minutes take the pan out of the oven and spread the fish with a layer of thinly sliced tomatoes, seasoned with a sprinkling of salt, some melted butter, and a light sprinkling of grated white cheese. Bake until the tomatoes are done, then carefully remove to a platter, taking off the string first. Garnish with parsley and serve.
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