Fish Vera Cruz

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This was the Fish Vera Cruz that I had in Cozumel.  I prefer the dish not to be swimming in juice but this was.  I guess they cooked it this way so the fish wouldn’t dry out.  Here is a recipe for Fish Vera Cruz without all the juice.

4 red snapper fillets (6 oz each)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup white wine or chicken stock
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/3 cup pitted green olives, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Hot cooked couscous and chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper. Place in a greased 13×9 inch baking dish. Drizzle with wine. Top with the tomatoes, onion, olives, jalapeno, capers and garlic; drizzle with olive oil.

Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. If desired, serve with couscous and sprinkle with cilantro.

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Slow Cooker Shrimp Creole

1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/4 cups chopped celery
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup diced green pepper
1 (28 oz) can whole tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 bay leaf
4-6 drops Tabasco sauce
1 pound fresh shrimp, shelled and deveined Or 1 pound package frozen shelled shrimp

Combine all ingredients except shrimp in slow cooker and stir to blend well. Cover and cook on Low 7 to 9 hours. (High 3-4 hours) During last hour turn slow cooker to High and add shrimp. Cook 1 hour or until shrimp turn pink.

Shrimp Masala

This is a wonderful quick dish to cook up on a weekday.
Serves 4-6 people
4 garlic cloves
1 piece (2 inches) fresh ginger, chopped
1/3 cup water
1 bag (16 oz) frozen large shrimp, thawed, peeled, and deveined (tails left intact, optional)
Coarse salt
3-4 tablespoons safflower oil
1 pound okra (partially thawed, if frozen), sliced 3/4 inch think
1 large shallot, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 small fresh green chile, such as serrano, finely chopped
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 1/4 cups light coconut milk

Pulse garlic, ginger, and water into a paste in a blander. Season shrimp with salt. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Cook shrimp, about 2 minutes per side; transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium. Add 2 tablespoons oil to skillet. Working in batches, cook okra for 2-3 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet if needed. Cook shallot and chile for 1 minute. Add garlic paste and garam masala. Cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Stir in coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 minute. Return shrimp to skillet; cook for 1 minute. Add okra; cook for 1 minute. Season with salt.

Pulse 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, 1 small seeded fresh green chile (such as serrano), and 1/2 cup light coconut milk or water in a food processor to desired consistency. Squeeze 1/2 lime over chutney. Makes 1 cup