Go all out with your last grouper meal of the year.
Canned tomatoes, spans a range from watery and bland to rich and luscious. The best ones come from Italy’s Samo Valley, and they are distinctly (and legally) labeled San Marzano. Open a can, take a whiff and you’ll know why they’re favored, year-round, over fresh tomatoes in many cooked Italian recipes.
Sugo all’amatriciana is a staple of Italian cooking. A combination of tomatoes, basil, garlic and cured pork, it’s an easy dish to prepare and can be served over pasta or, in the case of this recipe, as a sauce for your favorite firm white fish.
- 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes, whole and peeled
- 4 ounces cured pork (pancetta), finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 4 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 six-ounce portions grouper (or other firm-fleshed fish)
- Peanut oil
- Zatarain’s “Wonderful” seafood breading mix
A few minutes before your meal, lightly coat the fish with the breading mix and sauté in a half-inch of hot peanut oil. The Zatarain’s Wonderful mix will allow you to quickly crisp the fish while retaining texture and flavor. Amatriciana sauce can be prepared in advance and re-heated as needed.
Published Florida Sportsman Magazine October 2017