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Sunday, April 1, 2012

grouper in lemon and wine

this dish is simple to prepare for thick fish that will be baked. i accompany the fish with roasted vegetables.
the combo is great for company as it all can be assembled in advance and placed in the oven at the same temperature. the veggies just need to go in about 25 minutes ahead of the fish

 roasting vegetables is 'in vogue' now. the flavors are more intense and our family loves them. simply select the vegetables you like to eat, wash and cut them in the desired size and toss them in a little olive oil and garlic...i added some dijon mustard to these. place a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet, spread the oiled veggies on it and dash some salt on the top. they take about 45-55 minutes at 375. i turn them over about halfway through the cooking time.   now, back to the fish!
 for this preparation you need 2 pounds of thick fish such as grouper, a good white wine, 2 lemons, 1 package ritz crackers or similar brand, 1/2 stick of butter, and cajun seasoning(optional),
                  thinly slice the lemons and line a baking dish ( that will hold the fish) with the lemons
 place the fish upon the bed of sliced lemons and pour over 1/2 cup of good white wine. i used prosecco.
squeeze some lemon juice over the top of the fish and season with the spice. i used about 1/2 teaspoon
 crush the crackers and melt the butter. place crackers on top of the fish and drizzle butter over the crackers.

the fish is ready for the oven. all ovens very a bit so you will have to judge when it is complete. this took 35 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

 the vegetables are out of the oven and ready to serve. if the fish is not quite done, no matter...these are good at room temperature or place them in a glass serving dish and zap them in the microwave for a minute to reheat.
                                     the fish is out of the oven and ready to serve after 35 minutes

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