Fish recipe: Filetti di orata alle mele verdi e pepe rosa

Fish Recipe: Freshwater Bass/Bream slices with green apple and pink peppercorns By Daniele Sorice (Caserta/Italy)

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Ingredients to make dish for two people:
(1) Pesce (Orata) – grammi 400/500 (Bream Fish** about 1 pound of fish in two filets)

** The translation of "Orata" is Bream, which is only found in Europe. In North America this type of fish would be freshwater Sunfish.

The Sunfishes are a family of freshwater fish that includes many fishes such as rock bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and bluegill.

(2) Mela verde (tipo smith) – n.1 (1 green apple: type Smith)
(3) Pepe rosa in salamoia – q.b. (quanto basta) (pink peppercorns in brine – Note from Lina: if not available, simply substitute any kind of whole peppercorns to taste)
(4) Limone – n.2 ( 2 lemons )
(5) Peperoncino piccante – n.1 (1 hot pepper)
(6) Timo essiccato – q.b. (quanto basta) (dried thyme to taste)
Not shown:
Cipolla – n.1 ( 1 onion )
Olio extra vergine di oliva- q.b. (Extra Virgin Olive oil to taste)
Vino bianco secco e sale – q.b.(Dry white wine and salt to taste)

Suggested Utensils:
(A) Forbici per taglio pinne ( Shears to trim fins)
(B) Coltello per taglio frutta ( Knife to cut fruit )
(C) Coltello per sfilettare il pesce (Filet knife)
(D) Saponetta in acciaio inox per pulizia mani (stainless steel soap, if available. Note from Lina: substitute a mild hand soap and scrubber)

Ingredients for Orata Dish by Daniele Sorice
Ingredients for Orata Dish by Daniele Sorice

Fillet the fish and eliminate residual spines with the help of the shears.

Firsh Filet for Orata Dish by Daniele Sorice
Fish Filet for Orata Dish by Daniele Sorice

Dip these ingredients in lemon juice for about 30 minutes: fish fillets, sliced apple, thyme and pink peppercorns in brine.

Fish marinade for Orata dish by Daniele Sorice
Fish marinade for Orata dish by Daniele Sorice

Put the green apple slices, sliced onion and chili pepper in a frying pan and let cook for 3 minutes over high heat.

Frying pan Step 1 Orata dish by Daniele Sorice
Frying pan Step 1 Orata dish by Daniele Sorice

Add the two fish fillets, mixing them with the onion and apple, add a “spruzzata" ("splash") of dry white wine that is cooked “VIVACISSIMA” (" very lively") until the wine evaporates.
Note from Lina: the point is to add a small amount of white wine as the fish filets cook and not to slowly stew the fish in the wine.

Frying fish in pan for Orata dish by Daniele Sorice
Frying fish in pan for Orata dish by Daniele Sorice

Serve hot, garnished with a slice green apple and lemon beside the cooking condiments, to one side of the fish, as shown. "Irrorare" ("spray") with a drizzle of raw Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Filetti di orata alle mele verdi e pepe rosa by Daniele Sorice
Filetti di orata alle mele verdi e pepe rosa by Daniele Sorice

BUON APPETITO!!

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