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Swordfish with Tomatoes and Capers February 14, 2009

Need something elegant yet easy to serve on Valentine’s Day?  Here’s an option that I’ve found wonderful. valentines-day-091


1/2 Cup chopped yellow onion

1/2 Cup chopped fresh fennel

1 1/2 Tablespoons good olive oil

1/2 Teaspoon minced garlic

14 Ounce can of plum tomatoes, drained

1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon chicken stock

1 Tablespoon good dry white wine

1/4 Cup chopped fresh basil leaves

1 Tablespoon capers, drained

1/2 Tablespoon unsalted butter

2 1-inch-thick swordfish fillets (may also use cod or red snapper)

For the sauce, cook the onions and fennel in the oil in a large saute pan on medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.  Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Add the drained tomatoes, smashing them in the pan with a fork, plus the salt and pepper.  Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Add the chicken stock and white wine and simmer for 10 more minutes to reduce the liquid.  Add the basil, capers, and butter and cook for 1 minute more.

Prepare a grill with hot coals.  Brush the swordfish with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Grill on high heat for 5 minutes on each side until the center is no longer raw.  Do not overcook.  Place the sauce on the bottom of a plate, arrange the sworfish on top, and garnish with basil leaves.  Serve hot or at room temperature.

(May also pan fry, bake or broil the swordfish.)

Serve with a salad of fresh greens and a dessert of ice cream, sorbet, good chocolate or your local bakery’s most enticing Valentine’s Day offering.

From: “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” by Ina Garten


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