Bass: Sea Bass with Tomatoes and Onions

posted by Meryl 02-19-102 2:07 PM

Sea Bass with Tomatoes and Onions

The fish cooks in a delicious sauce of onions, parsley, anchovies, garlic, tomatoes and white wine. A large crouton is served alongside to soak up all the good flavors. To round out the menu, offer roasted artichokes, and to finish, a seasonal fruit compote with warm sabayon.

7 tablespoons olive oil
4 (4x2x1/2-inch) French bread slices
3 cups thinly sliced onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped canned anchovies (from one 2-ounce can)
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 1/4 pounds plum tomatoes, seeded, finely chopped
3/4 cup dry white wine
4 (8-ounce) sea bass fillets (about 1 inch thick)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush 2 tablespoons oil over both sides of bread slices. Place on baking sheet; bake until lightly toasted, about 12 minutes. Set aside.

Increase oven temperature to 500°F. Heat 5 tablespoons oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, 1/4 cup parsley, anchovies, garlic and red pepper. Sauté until onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and wine. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Place fish in same skillet. Spoon vegetables atop fish. Bring to simmer. Cover; bake until fish is opaque in center, about 12 minutes. Transfer fish to plates.

Stir remaining cup parsley into sauce. Boil sauce until reduced slightly, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over fish. Serve with croutons.

Makes 4 servings.

Bon Appétit
September 1997
Chef; Reed Hearon from Rose Pistola, San Francisco CA

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