Tuesday, November 1, 2011

tilapia and "stewed" heirloom cherry tomato sauce ........at kitchen! kitchen!

Tilapia And Stewed Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes With Capers
Delightfully served with haricort vert and brussel sprouts...
an absolute delight to the palate.
For the "stewed" heirlom cherry tomatoes:
1 pint of heirloom (yellow) cherry tomatoes (or regular red cherry tomatoes )
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. of capers (rinsed in cold water and drained) or you may use black pitted olives roughly chopped.
Pinch of kosher salt/black pepper
A sprinkling of peperoncino flakes (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients except for the capers in a small non-stick -oven proof skillet - the best is a cast iron pan and roast for 20-30 minutes at 375F heated oven until the tomatoes start to pop. Broil for 5 minutes until they get that "grilled" color. Transfer to the stove top and add a teaspoon of tomato paste; a teaspoon of sugar stir and let simmer on low-medium heat to reduce the liquid. Add the capers and more olive oil if necessary.
For the brussel sprouts and haricort vert:
A pint of brussel sprouts washed and cut in halves
1/4 lb. of haricort vert or string beans cut in half
1 small onions chopped
2 cloves of garlic smashed
1/2 cup of halves cherry tomatoes
olive oil and a pat of butter
kosher salt/freshly ground black pepper
In a large heated pan with olive oil and butter sautee the garlic and onions until translucent; add the cherry tomatoes, stir and add the brussel sprouts; next add 1/4 cup of water or stock- keep the lid on to simmer for 10 minutes; add the haricort vert last and simmer to desired doneness. Taste to correct seasoning.
For the Tilapia (6 small ones in this recipe):
Season the fish with amazing dry rub or salt and pepper
Coat lightly with flour (to keep the fish intact while it sits in the pan "getting fried").
In a large heated pan with olive oil - fry the fish until done and drain on paper towel.
To Serve:
Spoon some of the "stewed tomatoes" on the serving plate - place 2-3 pieces of the tilapia and the sauteed brussel sprouts and haricort vert. Add more of the "stewed tomato" sauce on top and watch it disappear before your eyes! Guten appetit!

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