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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Seafood Sunday - fish en papillote & bacon-wrapped prawns




















After several postponements, we finally managed to host a late Sunday lunch for the madhouse youth hostel habitues. Shortly before lunch, we went to Farmers' Market in Cubao for seafood. We bought a kilo of tiger prawns (sugpo) from a Pangasinense. I also purchased lapulapu (red snapper?) fillets for my special menu for the brattinela sister.
For the longest time, she had been bugging me about this fish fillet recipe she saw in the Food Magazine. Her recent emergency trip to the hospital on account of severe stomach pains aroused my (latent) sisterly sentiments regarding her diet. I couldn't remember exactly what the recipe stated but I remembered basil, fish fillet, and garlic.
As far as I could recall, the procedure called for the trusty papillote method - baking the fish fillet with the spices and herbs in paper packets. Imagine my surprise when I read the Food article and saw that the method required steaming and sauteeing, where did I get the idea that the writer used the papillote method? As well, the recipe called for mushrooms, olive oil, onions - all sadly missing from the pantry.
In the end, despite my desire to please the little sister, I had to turn to my cooking bible, How to Cook Everything, for a solution. Since I had it in my head to use the papillote method, I used it. And I simply followed Bittman's suggestions on the ingredients. Here's the simple recipe that I followed to cook the lapulapu fillet:

Recipe 1
Lapu-Lapu en Papillote

Ingredients:

1 kg lapu lapu fillet (red snapper)
basil leaves (chiffonade)
basil leaves
chopped garlic (fried)
salt and pepper
butter
olive oil

Procedure:
Fish
1) Season the fish fillet with salt and pepper.
2) Place the fish fillet in the wax paper, sprinkle with basil leaves chiffonade. Fold the paper and seal it.
3) Heat the oven to 400 F for 15 minutes. Then place the fish in the parcel inside the oven.
4) Leave for 20 minutes.

Basil leaves
1) Heat the olive oil.
2) Saute the basil leaves until crisp.

Assemble the fish in a bed of crisp basil leaves. Then sprinkle with the fried garlic bits. Serve.

Recipe 2
This one is a crowd favorite, because of the delicious butter-lemon sauce. We cooked this because tiger prawns, in all its incarnations, is the house favorite.


Bacon-wrapped Prawns

1 kg tiger prawns
bacon
lemon
butter
chopped garlic
garlic powder

Procedure
1) Remove the shells of the tiger prawns, leave the 'heads' and the tails.
2) 'Straighten' the prawns by 'spearing' with barbecue sticks.
3) Wrap bacon slices around the 'body' of the prawn; hold together with a toothpick (you can remove this afterwards).
4) Deep fry the bacon-wrapped prawns.
5) Serve with sauce.

Sauce:
1) Saute garlic.
2) Add a cup of butter.
3) Allow butter to melt. Lift sauce pan from heat.
4) Add lemon juice and garlic powder (to taste).

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