Red Snapper Veracruz Recipe
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Your Nugget of Nutritional Info for this post:
Tomatoes are the star in this altogether healthy dish. Loaded with cancer-fighting chemical: lycopene, the tomato fruit is high in vitamins A & C---soo, pretty cool!--as well as minerals: calcium and potassium.
All the Ingredients
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- 4-5 tomatoes; vine-ripened & heirlooms are nice, seeded & diced
- 2-3 Anaheim chiles, broiled, peeled, seeded & diced
- 1 large green bell pepper, broiled, peeled, seeded & diced
- 2 TBSP. capers, drained
- ½ cup green olives with pimentos, chopped coarsely
- 2-3 shallots, minced
- 4-6 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2-4 TBSP. olive oil
- 2 TBSP. flour, optional
- 4-6 Red Snapper Filets, ½ lb weight on each filet
How to Do it:
- Slice all peppers in half and seed them.
- Flatten, and place on foil. Place under broiler.
- Remove when skins are blackened. Let cool, and then carefully remove skin. A sharp paring knife works well for this, sliding the tip under the pepper's skin like a letter opener.
- Mince shallots & garlic, but keep these separate from each other.
- Heat @2 TBSP. olive oil in frying pan. Add shallots when sizzling.
- Add peppers.
- Add garlic.
- Simmer a few minutes, stirring now and again to ensure garlic doesn't burn.
- Chop olives.
- Add olives.
- Add drained capers.
- Seed your tomatoes by halving them, and thumbing out the seeds and jelly. Blot dry before dicing. TIP: I leave the skins on for health reasons!
- Add tomatoes to pan. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
- Add cinnamon, simmer a minute or so more, and remove from heat. Set aside.
- Sprinkle flour on snapper filets verrrry lightly. Smooth over with hand. If you have a really good pan, you can skip this step entirely, as I do it simply to prevent the fish from sticking.
- Place in sizzling pan, and do not crowd. Cook about 1½ minutes each side.
- I like to blot up the excess oil, before adding back the Veracruz to the pan.
- Add Veracruz to pan and coat filets thoroughly--but carefully. Cooked fish is delicate!!
- Plate & serve!