Braised Red Snapper with Artichokes and Fresh Herbs

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Title: Braised Red Snapper with Artichokes and Fresh Herbs
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Fish

Ingredients:

---------------------------------FISH STOCK---------------------------------
Fish bones
1 Leek
1 Onion
1 Rib celery
3 c Cold water
1 Sprig fresh thyme
2 Cloves garlic
1/2 ts Coriander seed
1 Bay leaf


----------------------------BRAISED RED SNAPPER----------------------------
1 Onion
1 Leek-white part only
1 Carrot
1/2 ts Crushed coriander seed
5 Whole artichokes
1 Lemon
2 ts Olive oil
3 Cloves garlic
1 Sprig fresh thyme
1 c White wine
2 Shallots
1 tb Chopped fresh parsley
1 Fillets; boneless
3 lb Red snapper fillets;
-(reserve bones for stock)
Salt
Pepper
2 tb Olive oil
2 ts Chopped fresh basil

For the stock, rinse the fish bones. Cut off leek top for the stock and
reserve white part for the sauce. Mince the onion. Put the leek top, onion,
and celery in a stockpot, add the fish bones, the water, thyme, whote
garlic cloves, coriander seed, and bay leaf Bring to a boil and simmer for
20 minutes. Strain. Stock can be refrigerated for several days, or it can
be frozen.

Mince the onion. Cut the reserved white part of leek into very thin
julienne stips. Quarter the carrot and cut into thin julienne strips. Crush
the coriander seed. Remove leaves from artichokes and save for another
dish. Cut artichoke bottoms into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Squeeze lemon juice
over them.

Heat the olive oil in pan over low heat. Add the onion and julienned leek
and cook, covered, until translucent, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add the carrot,
whole garlic cloves, thyme, and crushed coriander seed and cook, covered,
over low heat for 2 minutes. Add the artichokes and white wine, stirring
with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan.

Cover and continue cooking over low heat until the artichokes are tender,
about 15 minutes. Remove garlic cloves. Drain artichokes and reserve liquid
for sauce.

Mince the shallots. Chop the parsley. Butter a baking pan.

Recipe can be made to this point several hours ahead.

Heat oven to 400F. Put the shallots in prepared pan, add the fish fillets,
and season with salt and pepper. Add 1 1/2 cups of fish stock, cover with
foil, and braise in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove fillets to a warm
platter. Reserve liquid for sauce. Gently reheat artichoke mixture.

For the sauce, put the reserved liquid from artichokes and fish into a
saucepan and reduce to 1/2 cup over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the olive
oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chop basil and add it and
parsley.

Arrange the artichoke slices around the edge of a serving platter. Put the
fillets in the middle and pour sauce over.

Recipe by Mangia!

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