Easter season is around the corner! In Mexico, as in many other countries around the world, Good Friday is a day where no meat is eaten. In honor of the holiday, I have asked Capella Pedregal’s Executive Chef Yvan Mucharraz to share a traditional Mexican recipe perfect for the holiday– or any other day for that matter! If you are a fish lover you should absolutely try it!
Red Snapper “Veracruz” Style
- 500g Red Snapper cut into 125g Fillets (already in Loin)
- 100g Cous Cous Israeli with Saffron (see preparation below)
- 2Tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
- 1/3C Toasted Almonds
- 1 Red Bell Pepper Brunoise
- 250g Red Bell Pepper Juice (reduced to 100gr)
- 1 Zucchini Brunoise
- 1/3C White Wine
- 2Tbsp Green Olives Chopped
- 15 Green Beans Blanched
- 3Tbsp Sun-dried Tomato (Chopped)
- 2Tbsp Capers (Chopped)
- 5Tbsp Olive Oil
- 50g Chicken Stock
To prepare the Cous Cous:
In a medium size sauce pan, pour the chicken stock and add the cous cous. Slowly heat the chicken stock until all the stock has been absorbed by the cous cous. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the toasted almonds, sun-dried tomato, 2Tbsp olive oil and stir. Add salt to taste and set aside.
To prepare the sauce:
In a separate saucepan, add the reduced Red Bell Pepper juice, white wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove the simmering pan from the heat and add the green olives, capers and zucchini. Stir the mixture, and add 2Tbsp olive oil and parsley. Stir to emulsify the sauce and set aside.
To prepare the Red Snapper:
In a non-stick pan, add a drop of olive oil and heat the pan. Once the pan is hot, carefully place the red snapper fillet in the pan with the skin side down. After approximately 5 minutes, turn the fish and continue to cook for approximately 2 minutes.
To serve, place a large spoonful of the cous cous and Green Beans in the center of the plate, top with the fish. Drizzle the sauce around the edge of the cous cous and on the fish. .
Note: Brunoise is a method of cutting vegetables, usually 3mm or less in size.
This delicious Red Snapper Veracruz Style is one of the most requested dishes at Don Manuel’s Restaurant , so even if you aren’t brave enough to attempt the recipe at home, please be sure to try it here at Capella Pedregal!