Pearson (persona) wrote,
Pearson
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Veracruz

Fish Vera CruzFirst, no matter what cause or creed was intended to be furthered by tonight's act, I believe there is one true act of protest I can unequivocally encourage everyone to pursue. Couch to 5k is a way to get started running, from a standing (sitting, literally) start. Running may not be the single healthiest activity, but it's a fair sight better than many of the alternatives. If not running, go out and do something in public with many of your friends. Reclaim, relive, and reinvigorate American freedom.

That being said, let me put some things here, both for me to remember what I'm actually cooking when I look at a recipe again, and for reference of what recipes I combined to find it!

Fish Veracruz

  • 1 lb fresh fish (needed to be at least 1.5, but the catfish worked beautifully)
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeño, diced (could easily have been two)
  • 1 lime (ditto)
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro (maybe too much, maybe just needs mincing instead of chopping)
  • 24 green olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 shallot (needed to be a couple, or an onion and a shallot)
  • olive oil, salt, pepper...all the good stuff.
First, sizzle shallot. Then add tomatoes, bring to boil, bring to simmer, and add each other ingredient as it simmers. Could do it all before the boil, but meh, this feels quicker, more important to start reducing it already. After the pot of sauce is happily piping off all the extra water, start a medium-high skillet with oil. Will probably need two, or two runs on a single pan, for more than a pound of fish fillets. 4 on each side, 2/4/2 seemed to work fine. That was enough to get a nice golden sheen on it, cook it through, but still have all the moisture of fresh fish. Rice, fish, sauce is a full meal. It's a salty, spicy dish, so any fruity wine will go well. D'abruzzo, of course, is recommended. This was the bastard stepchild of Fish Veracruz Style (Fresh marjoram and rosemary may be great for fragrance, but might be too much trouble) and Fish Vera Cruz (blending hot stuff is intimidating!). But as these two extremes show, this is basically a pot-of-good-stuff dish, treat it that way and I won't go wrong.
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