Saturday, March 28, 2009

Simple Things - Grilled Snapper with Clementines and Smashed Peas

On Saturday night, I whipped two very simple dishes -- Grilled Red Snapper with Clementines and Smashed Peas with Chives. The snapper needed little more than fresh herbs from the kitchen garden and clementines to wake it up. To go alongside the snapper, I turned my freshly-picked batch of peas into a bright and tasty side dish.

The best things in life are free. Just as the tastiest dishes are often the simplest ones.

Grilled Red Snapper with Clementines
aluminum foil
4 thin red snapper filets (about 1 lb total)
olive oil spray
Greek seasoning
2 sprigs fresh oregano, de-stemmed
2 clementines, peeled and sliced lengthwise
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 jiggers of your favorite white wine
2 sprigs parsley, de-stemmed and chopped

Preheat grill to medium (about 350 degrees).

  1. Tear off two large rectangles of foil, approximately 14" x 18".
  2. Spray each rectangle of foil with olive oil.
  3. With foil rectangles laid out vertically in front of you, place two filets on the lower half of each.
  4. Spray each side of the filets lightly with olive oil, then sprinkle generously with Greek seasoning.
  5. Sprinkle with oregano, parsley, and garlic.
  6. Distribute half of the clementine slices over one packet and the other half of the slices over the other packet.
  7. Seal up the packets into semi-circles, leaving about a 2" opening.
  8. Pour a jigger full of wine into one packet, then close immediately. Repeat with the other packet.
  9. Grill over medium heat for approximately 4 minutes per side.
  10. Carefully cut packets open to release steam and serve.

Smashed Peas with Chives
2 c fresh peas
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp fresh chives, minced
kosher salt

  1. Blanch peas in boiling water with a pinch of salt.
  2. When tender, drain peas, then return to pot or pan.
  3. Add butter and chives over med-low heat, stirring to melt butter.
  4. Mash peas gently with a fork or potato masher.
  5. Season to taste with S&P.

1 red beans:

Bob said...

Looks good to me, even the fish! :)

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