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From the August 2007 edition of Sunset magazine: "This is a main course built for summer: substantial but light, with a refreshing salad beneath. If you'd prefer skinless fillets, by all means use them, but be aware that the delicate edges may break up a bit. 'For serving,' says Valerie, 'I do a final drizzle of olive oil,' which creates an appetizing shine." Nutrition facts: 510 cal, 234 fat cal, 46g protein, 26g fat, 3g sat fat, 20g carb, 3g fiber, 916mg sodium, 73mg chol.
- 8 slices crusty bread, such as pugliese, cut on a diagonal into 1-inch slices
- 2⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided (approx.)
- 3⁄4 teaspoon sea salt (coarse) or 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling on bread and fish (coarse)
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled, cut in half
- 2 lemons
- 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini, rinsed and drained in a colander (or other white beans)
- 8 red snapper fillets, 6-8 oz, with skin, rinsed and dried (or Pacific Cod)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, mixed red and yellow (about 3 cups)
- 1⁄2 cup tapenade, black olive, store-bought (approx.)
- 8 sprigs flat leaf parsley
- Preheat broiler. Put bread slices on a large baking sheet, brush both sides with olive oil (about 6 tbsp), and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Broil bread on both sides until golden and crunchy, about 2 minutes per side. When toasts are cool enough to handle, rub each on one side with garlic halves. Lower heat to 325 degrees.
- Zest 1 lemon (to yield 1 tsp zest) and squeeze half of it (to yield 2 tsp juice). Cut other lemon into wedges. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, and 2 tbsp olive oil. Add beans and toss gently to mix. Set aside.
- With a very sharp knife, make shallow slashes about 1 inch apart in skin of snapper fillets. Season fillets with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 4 fillets skin side down, reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 to 6 minutes, pressing often with spatula to keep them as flat as possible; turn over and cook another 2 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and reserve pan juices in a bowl. Wipe pan clean with paper towels and cook remaining fillets the same way, reserving pan juices and transferring to baking sheet. Put fish in oven and cook until done, about 8 minutes (cut to check).
- Add arugula and tomatoes to beans and toss gently but thoroughly. Divide salad among 8 plates, arranging in center.
- Set toasts, garlicky side up, on salads and top toasts with snapper fillets, skin side up. Drizzle each fillet with a bit of pan juice, then top with about 1 tbsp tapenade and a parsley sprig, and a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish each plate with a lemon wedge. Drizzle some olive oil over each.
- Notes: Wash the arugula the night before and chill, wrapped in a kitchen towel and stored in a resealable plastic bag. Make the toasts (grilled instead of broiled, if you like) a day ahead and keep in an airtight container. The vinaigrette can be made up to a week ahead and kept in the refrigerator. The fish can be seared (2-3 minutes per side in a hot pan) shortly before dinner, then put in a 350-degree oven for about 8 minutes to finish cooking (an easy way to get all 8 servings ready at once).