Sunday, June 1, 2008

Red Snapper Veracruz

When I was searching for recipes for all our red snappers in the freezer, snapper Veracruz kept coming up. I wasn't sure about cooking fish with that sauce but it is such a classic I knew it had to be one of the things we tried. After checking out the Veracruz sauce recipe I knew we would like it because it so similar to a puttanesca sauce which we both love.

It was very good. It was served with jasmine rice and baby sugar snap peas.

The recipe I used came from Martha Stewart's website. Everyone knows I love Martha and want to be just like her.

Ok, maybe not just like her unless the rumors of her bitchiness are greatly exaggerated.

Red Snapper Veracruz Recipe

Serves 4 to 5

  • 1 three- to three-and-a-half-pound red snapper, scaled and cleaned
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Olive oil, for pan
  • Veracruz-Style Sauce
  • 2 to 3 dried bay leaves
  • 3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse fish under cold running water, inside and out, being sure to remove all traces of gills and blood. Blot dry with paper towels, inside and out. Lightly season, inside and out, with salt and pepper.
  2. Lightly oil the bottom of a large roasting pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with half of the sauce. Place fish over sauce. Tuck bay leaves, thyme, and onion into the cavity of the fish. Pour remaining sauce over fish.
  3. Bake just until the flesh flakes when tested with the tip of a knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Use two large spatulas to transfer fish to a platter spooning sauce and cooking juices over it. Or remove fish from bone and serve on individual plates, with sauce spooned over it.

Veracruz Sauce

Makes 6 to 7 cups

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, 6 left whole, 4 very finely chopped
  • 2 medium white onions, finely chopped
  • 8 to 10 large ripe tomatoes, (about 4 pounds), finely chopped, or two 28-ounce cans Italian plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano), coarsely chopped, with their juice
  • 24 pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced if large
  • 4 to 6 pickled jalapeno chiles, stemmed, seeded, and cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • 2 teaspoons small capers
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh marjoram, or 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried marjoram
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano, or 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried Mexican oregano
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground canela
  • 1 cup dry white wine

  1. In a medium stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add whole garlic cloves, and cook, stirring, until golden on all sides. Remove garlic and discard. Add minced garlic and the onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add olives, chiles, capers, bay leaves, parsley, thyme, marjoram, oregano, salt, canela, and wine. Cook until the sauce has thickened to desired consistency, 15 to 20 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning. If using fresh whole herbs, remove and discard before serving.

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