Growing up in a Catholic home and studying in Catholic schools did more than just provide me with knowledge of Bible stories and hymn lyrics. Growing up Catholic built me a solid foundation for the person I am today. And while I am the first to admit that I am not always present at Sunday mass nowadays, Jesus certainly plays a role in my family’s life, whether it be through bedtime prayers or the recognition of significant moments throughout the Church’s calendar year.
Today being Good Friday, we abstain from eating meat as a show of sacrifice, just as Jesus sacrificed himself on this day. So what a wonderful opportunity to search out a delicious fish-based recipe to try on my family this evening!
I had purchased a glorious piece of cod this morning from the market next door and therefore chose that to be the basis of my online search.
I came across a fish stew recipe that looked to die for, and stated that it only required 30 minutes to make, including the prep time! It sounded too good to be true, so I gave it a go! Recipe credits go to http://www.simplyrecipes.com .
6 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 cups of fresh chopped tomato (or you can use 1-14 oz can of whole or crushed tomatoes in their juices – I was fresh out of tomatoes so I used the can and it turned out great!)
2 tsp tomato paste
8 oz of clam juice (or shellfish stock)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 lb fish fillets (use a firm white fish such as halibut, cod, red snapper or sea bass – I used cod), cut into 2-inch pieces)
Pinch of dry oregano
Pinch of dry thyme
1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
Add onion and sauté 4 minutes, add the garlic and cook a minute more.
Add parsley and stir 2 minutes.
Add tomato and tomato paste, and gently cook for 10 minutes or so.
Add clam juice, dry white wine and fish. Bring to a simmer and simmer until the fish is cooked through and easily flakes apart, about 3-5 minutes. Add seasoning. Salt to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve.
Best served with crusty bread for dipping in the fish stew broth.
Enjoy! Happy Easter! And to my friends of the Jewish faith, Happy Passover!