Freezing temperatures calls for ovens and stoves to be on. When it’s already been a long winter with no end in sight, one turns to food blogs to shed some light on the issue and seeks out a healthy recipe. Roasted Fish with Caponata is a light dinner with a fish that takes 20 minutes to cook and the extra caponata is great for leftovers.
Caponata is Sicilian eggplant (aubergine) consisting of vegetables and seasoned with sweetened vinegar, with capers in a sweet and sour sauce. GOOP, a weekly lifestyle publication that has been criticized for its outlandish suggestions and equally luxury travels and high-end product reviews. However, Gwyneth Paltrow was onto something with Roasted Fish with Caponata.
The aforementioned weather in Western New York caused the local Wegmans to be out of some ingredients the recipe called for: honey, basil and capers were not to be found; however the lack of sweetness gave the Caponata a smokey flavor – – perfect for a fireside meal. For the fish, Wegmans had two pieces of halibut which were delicious and flakey.
Suggested side dish Serve this with Spanish rice.
Wine wisdom Pour Kendall-Jackson Vinter’s Reserve Chardonnay 2013
Tropical flavors with apple create citrus notes that pairs well with white fish.
For the caponata:
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ red onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into ½ inch dice
½ teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
For the fish:
2 (6 oz.) portions of halibut, preferably at least 1 inch thick
2 teaspoons olive oil
salt and pepper
To make the caponata, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat, then add red onion and cook for five minutes. Add the diced eggplant and sauté for another five minutes, until the eggplant is beginning to soften and brown, then add the salt and garlic. Sauté for one minute and when the garlic is fragrant, add the canned tomatoes. Allow the mixture to simmer, partially covered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it isn’t sticking. Remove from the heat, add the red wine, and more salt if desired. When the mixture has cooled, serve at room temperature.
For the fish, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place fish in a small baking dish or on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-24 minutes, or until fish becomes opaque and flakes when pulled apart.
Originally featured in GOOP