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Fish with Walnut Sauce
Georgia - Tevzi Brotseulis Tsvenshi
This is an excellent cold appetizer that will delight people who like
fish. The sauce provides a savory flavor that many will find hard to
identify. Strength of fish flavor will depend on the fish you use, but for
a cold dish it shouldn't be too mild. This recipe can be made a couple
of days ahead and refrigerated.
Fish Fillets (1)
Olive Oil ExtV
Chili, fresh (2)
Pomegranate Juice (3)
Prep - (15 min (exclusive of filleting fish))
Run - (50 min)
- Prepare FISH FILLETS as needed.
- Quarter ONIONS lengthwise and slice thin crosswise.
- Grind together Walnuts, Garlic and 1/2 teaspoon
Salt. A mini-prep processor works well for this.
- Chop CHILI fine and mix with Walnuts, along with
Water, Pomegranate Juice and Tomato Paste.
- Season Fish Fillets with Salt and Pepper.
Lightly dust with Flour (I use Rice Flour).
- In a skillet, heat Oil and fry fish fillets until lightly
browned and crispy on the outside. Drain on paper towels. Arrange
them in a coverable flameproof casserole or similar
- Heat Olive Oil in a sauté pan or similar and fry
Onions over moderate heat, stirring often until uniformly
golden. The small amount of Salt will help them fry evenly.
Spread Onions over Fish.
- Pour Sauce mix over Fish.
- Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer another 3 minutes. Take off the
heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate.
- Serve chilled.
- Fish Fillets: This should be a fish
that stays reasonably firm with cooking. The pattern recipe suggests
Whitefish or Snapper, and prefers Snapper, though it is not a Georgian
fish - because she likes it. I use Japanese Amberjack (skinned fillets),
also not a Georgian fish, because it has the right cooking properties,
is flavorful, firm and costs a lot less than snappers. Other Jacks and
Pompanos would do fine also. For details see our
Varieties of Fish page (very
- Chili: These can be Red or Green.
Around here we all use red ripe Fresno chilis or green Serranos, but
other reasonably hot chilis can be used. For details see our
- Pomegranate Juice: This must be
unsweetened juice. Unsweetened is usually available from Trader Joe's.
- Serving: Since I will usually be serving
this buffet style, I cut the fish into bite size chunks before placing
it in the casserole.
- U.S. measure: t=teaspoon,
T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce,
#=pound, cl=clove, in=inch, ar=as required,
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