Psari Spetsiotiko - Fish, Spetsai Style

Course : Greek
Serves: 4
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2 pounds fish -- (snapper, porgy or mullet -- cleaned and left whole or sliced into steaks
1 medium lemon -- juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
4 medium ripe tomatoes -- (fresh or canned) peeled and chopped
1/4 cup white wine -- (more if necessary)
4 cloves garlic -- sliced
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup bread crumbs
1 cup tomato juice -- if necessary

Preparation / Directions:

Wash and dry the fish (if using dried cod be sure it was soaked overnight), then sprinkle with salt and lemon juice, particularly inside the neck area if using fish with heads on. Arrange on a baking-serving dish and set aside while you prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the tomatoes, wine, garlic, and sugar and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. (The amount of garlic may be reduced, but it *IS* the most important ingredient.) Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the fish with a light coating of bread crumbs and then with the chopped parsley, then spoon the hot sauce over the fish. Repeat the procedure until all the sauce has been used, ending with a topping of bread crumbs. Bake in a moderate oven (350F) for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the fish, basting twice with the sauce. (A golden crust will form on the fish, characteristic of this famous style.) During the baking period, add some wine or tomato juice if necessary; some sauce should remain around the fish. Serve hot. NOTE: This makes an excellent first course with dry white Demesticha or Samos wine. Source: The Food of Greece - by Vilma Liacouras Chantiles ISBN: 0-517-27888-X

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