Succulent Creole Snapper
This may be the best creole snapper you'll ever taste. Make the sauce while you're waiting for the oven to preheat and you'll be dining on this delicacy in no time. Fresh red snapper is one of the sweetest, mildest and butteriest fish we get, and when it comes in, boy does it go out. Fast. If you're taking it easy on the fat calories, you can always ditch the bacon. If you must. But really, the fish has almost no fat plus all the benefits of the Omega 3s your doctor keeps telling you about. So go for the full monty. You'll thank yourself later.
2 1/2-3 lbs. red snapper
4 slices bacon
3 tablespoons butter
2 large onions, chopped
1 red pepper, cut in strips
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 cups canned or fresh cooked tomatoes, puréed
1 bay leaf
2 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
Freshly ground black pepper
2 hard-cooked eggs, roughly chopped
Sliced black olives
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Cook the bacon in a deep skillet until crisp. Set aside to drain on paper towels and crumble when cooled. Pour out all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat and add the butter to the skillet. Sauté the onions, peppers and garlic in the butter and bacon fat until tender, about 7-8 minutes. Add the puréed tomatoes, cloves, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer gently for 30 minutes.
Salt and pepper the fish and place in an oiled baking pan. Pour the sauce over the fish and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the fish flakes easily.
Remove the fish to a hot platter and garnish it with crumbled bacon slices, chopped eggs, and olives. Pour the sauce around it. If the sauce seems too thick, dilute it with a little red wine.
Makes 6 portions
Lighthouse Seafood is a family business, owned and operated by Tim and Heather O'Leary.
They have supplied Central Florida restaurants and residents with prime seafood for more than a decade.
Their commitment is to always have only the freshest seafood for your table.
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