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Braised Monkfish with Bacon and Tomatoes

Braised Monkfish with Bacon and Tomatoes

Braised Monkfish with Bacon and Tomatoes is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
To peel tomatoes, bring a pot of water to a boil. Have ready a bowl of ice water. Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow X in the bottom end of each tomato. Immerse the tomatoes in the boiling water and blanch them for 15 seconds. With a slotted spoon, transfer them to the ice water to stop the cooking. Using your fingers or a small knife, peel the tomatoes. To seed, slice the tomatoes in half crosswise and lightly squeeze and shake, using your finger if needed to help dislodge the seeds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 6 thick bacon slices, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 3 to 4 lb. monkfish on the bone, skin and dark
      membrane removed by the fishmonger
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely
      chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh basil

Directions:

In a heavy flameproof casserole dish or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and garlic and sauté until the bacon is fairly crisp and the garlic is beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Push the bacon and garlic to the side and lay the monkfish in the dish. Sear until lightly browned on both sides, using tongs to turn the fish. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes and pile most of them and the bacon mixture on top of the monkfish.

Add the wine and basil and stir to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the flesh starts to pull away from the backbone, about 20 minutes.

Transfer the fish to a warmed platter, and surround and top the fish with the vegetables. Serves 4.

Note: Monkfish has firm white flesh attached to a central bone, and there are no rib bones to contend with. Cooked in one piece, monkfish absorbs flavors well; bacon, tomatoes, garlic and basil suit it perfectly.

Variation Tip: Thick mahimahi or sand shark fillets can be used instead of the monkfish.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Fish, by Shirley King (Simon & Schuster, 2002).
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for a Quick Weeknight Meal This dish was delicious. It was extremely easy to prepare. I used a can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes. And I also used pepper bacon because that's what I had. I followed the recipe and halved it as I was only cooking for two people. The monkfish was so moist and tender. The flavors were great together. This is a simple meal to make after a long work day. And extremely healthy and low in calories.
Date published: 2012-10-12
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