Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Flounder Mediterranean

  • 5 roma (plum) tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2  onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 24  olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound flounder fillets
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, torn
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Plunge tomatoes into the boiling water, and immediately remove to a medium bowl of ice water. Drain, and remove skins. Chop, and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute onion until tender. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning. Stir in tomatoes, and cook until tender. Mix in wine, olives, capers, lemon juice, and 1/2 the basil. Reduce heat, blend in Parmesan cheese, and cook until the mixture is reduced to a thick sauce, about 15 minutes.
  4. Place flounder in a shallow baking dish. Cover with the sauce, and top with remaining basil leaves.
  5. Bake 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until fish is easily flaked with a fork.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus


  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus spears, trimmed 4 to 5 inches long tips
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • A few grinds black pepper
  • 4 slices center cut bacon or pancetta
  • Chopped chives or scallions, optional garnish


Preheat oven, if using, to 400 degrees F.

Lightly coat asparagus spears in extra-virgin olive oil. Season the asparagus with black pepper. Take a quick count of the spear tips. Divide the total number by four. Gather that number of spears and use a slice of bacon to wrap the bundle and secure the spears together. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

To grill, place bundles on hot grill and cover. Cook 10 to 12 minutes until bacon is crisp and asparagus bundles are tender.

For oven preparation, place bundles on slotted broiler pan. Bake 12 minutes.