I usually try to go completely vegetarian on Meatless Monday but since some friends were coming over and celebrating a birthday, I decided that fish was a reasonable compromise since it is not really meat. A strict vegetarian might disagree.
Our friends had recently returned from a trip to Italy so I decided to incorporate some Italian flavors to our meal. I looked at a number of recipes, and am borrowing ideas from some, adding some of my own, and incorporating shortcuts. Here’s the recipe:
- 4 haddock fillets ( one could use any firm, white-fleshed fish)
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan
- seasoned salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
For the sauce:
- 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 clove fresh garlic, pressed
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 c. dry white white
- 1/2 c. minced parsley
Start the sauce first by putting all ingredients except the parsley into a small saucepan. Using a hand blender, kind of half puree the mixture. You should have some pieces of tomato. It should not be completely smooth but with a bit of texture. Simmer on low heat for at least an hour. Stir in the parsley at the end. Set aside.
To prepare the fish, melt the stick of butter and dump it on the baking sheet you will use for cooking the fish. On a sheet of waxed paper, mix the bread crumbs, the parmesan, the salt and pepper.
Dip each piece of fish in melted butter (which is on the baking sheet) and then into the seasoned bread crumbs. Place on the baking sheet. If there are any crumbs left after all the pieces have been coated, sprinkle on top of the fish.
At this point, you can refrigerate the fish on the baking pan. About 25-30 minutes before you plan to serve the fish, take it out of the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 450 F. When the oven is up to temperature and everything else is ready, bake the fish in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Use a timer and remove immediately. To serve, take a generous ladleful of the tomato sauce and spread over a plate. Place one cooked fillet on top of the sauce. Repeat for the remaining servings. Enjoy!
This is delicious!!!