I thought it would be great to share one of my go-to recipes for dinnertime with you all. Fish is so wonderful during the spring and summer months, and is super quick to make. We should be enjoying these long sunny days, not slaving in the kitchen, right?! :)
This is an impressive, full of flavor Branzino dish that I love to make for guests, or for me and my hubby when we are having a night in together.
Here's what you'll need:
(4) 6-oz Branzino fillets
2 lbs red potatoes
1 lb broccoli rabe
1 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
2 sliced garlic cloves
1/2 tsp rosemary
Pepper, to taste
1. Rinse branzino filets, and run your hand over them to check for any bones.
Be extra careful when doing this! You don't want anyone accidentally getting stuck with a bone! Fish should always be firm in texture, not dull in color and smell fresh from the ocean, not "fishy" as they say.
2. Brush extra virgin olive oil on each filet and season with sea salt and pepper.
Freshly cracked black pepper is always best and adds great texture.
3. Grill both sides for 3 minutes.
Start skin side down to create a nice crust on the fish.
4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook broccoli rabe for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a bowl of ice cold water.
You want to make sure you don't overcook the broccoli rabe. Don't walk away! You still want the broccoli rabe to maintain it's beautiful green color. By putting it in the ice water you stop the cooking and preserve the color.
5. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil and 2 garlic cloves.
You don't want to burn the garlic, so just brown until lightly golden.
6. Add broccoli rabe into skillet and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
You want them to blend with the gorgeous garlicy goodness you just created!
7. In a large roasting pan, spread cubed potatoes evenly, and drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove stems from rosemary and sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees F.
This side dish is great paired with pork chops, or actually, ANYTHING! So keep this one handy! I suggest beginning cooking with dish first so that you are able to time yourself in the kitchen when putting the complete dish together.
ENJOY! I know you're gonna love it! Feel free to comment with your questions or sharing your experience.