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A snappy Greek-style snapper

Mediterranean Snapper and Greek Salad.
Mediterranean Snapper and Greek Salad. Tribune News Service

Sweet, fresh snapper needs very little cooking — only about eight minutes under the broiler. Tangy pimentos and capers enhance the natural flavor of the fish, and a simple Greek-style salad with warm whole-meal baguette completes the meal.

What’s the best way to freeze and defrost fish? Buy the freshest fish you can find and wrap it well, pressing all of the air out of the package. Defrost the fish slowly, in the refrigerator overnight, to prevent the formation of crystals that will damage the texture. If you are in a hurry, place the wrapped fish in a bowl of cold water and change the water every 30 minutes. Never thaw it in warm water or in the microwave oven.

Wine suggestion: Go for a light, crisp, white wine like pinot grigio.

Helpful Hints

▪  Any type of fish fillet can be used.

▪  Crumbled feta can be found in most markets.

▪  Any type of whole-meal bread can be used.

Countdown

▪  Preheat broiler and place baking tray in it to heat.

▪  Prepare the ingredients.

▪  Broil snapper.

▪  While snapper cooks, make salad.

Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 3/4 pound snapper fillet, 1 jar/can sweet pimentos, 1 small jar capers, 1 small whole-wheat baguette, 1 tomato 1 cucumber, 1 bag washed, ready-to-eat lettuce, 1 small can navy beans and 1 small package crumbled feta cheese.

Staples: Olive oil, reduced-fat vinaigrette dressing, salt and black peppercorns.

MEDITERRANIAN SNAPPER

Makes 2 servings.

Ingredients

3/4 pound snapper fillet about 1/2-inch thick

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 cup sweet pimentos, cut into strips

2 tablespoons capers

1/2 whole-wheat baguette

Directions

Preheat broiler and place a baking tray under the heat. Wash fillet and pat dry with paper towel. Remove tray from boiler and place fish on baking tray. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste on the fish and drizzle olive oil on top. Return the baking tray to the oven and broil 5 minutes. Remove fish from broiler and place pimento strips and capers over the fish. Return tray to oven and place bread on lower shelf of oven to warm through. Broil 3 minutes. Divide the baguette and serve with the fish and salad.

GREEK SALAD

Makes 2 servings.

Ingredients

1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced (about 1 cup)

1 tomato, cut into quarters

2 cups washed, ready-to-eat lettuce

1 cup rinsed and drained, canned navy beans

2 tablespoons reduced-fat vinaigrette dressing

2 ounces (4 tablespoons) crumbled feta cheese

Directions

Place cucumber, tomato, lettuce and navy beans in a salad bowl. Toss with vinaigrette dressing. Sprinkle feta cheese on top.

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