Thursday, October 3, 2019

Swordfish Puttanesca

When I saw a recent blog post for this dish, I knew I needed to go in search of some swordfish steaks and managed to find four with trips to two different Food City stores. While I liked the recipe I’d seen, I saw some others for the puttanesca sauce that had some elements I preferred so I combined a couple of them to get the one below.

Swordfish Puttanesca - Adapted from Proud Italian Cook & Simply Recipes

4 swordfish steaks
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
knob of butter
½ onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (14 ounces) chopped tomatoes, with their juices
¾ container grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
4 anchovy fillets, coarsely chopped
½ cup green olives, sliced
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved lengthwise
¼ cup capers
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or more to taste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, divided
zest of ½ lemon
salt to taste
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste
Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, anchovies, olives, capers, red pepper, zest, and 2 tablespoons of the oregano. Set aside.
2. Sprinkle the fish on both sides with salt and black pepper. 
3. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the butter and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until hot.
4. Add the fish and cook without disturbing for 2 minutes, or until browned then flip and cook two more minutes.
5. Remove to a dish and tent to keep warm.
6. In the skillet over medium heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the onion and cook until soft then add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
7. Add the tomato mixture – be careful since the juices may splutter when you add them to the pan. Cook for 1 minute or until the spluttering stops. Stir well, turn down the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, black pepper, or red pepper, if you like.

8. Add the fish to the sauce along with and any juices on the plate and spoon a little sauce over top.

We added some Parmesan at this point.

9. Cover the pan and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 140F.

I served it over a little rice and topped with more Parmesan (but forgot the extra oregano) and we all thought it was very good and a keeper recipe for fish or chicken.

Earlier that day, we had gone furniture shopping again and Bev finally bought this entertainment center along with matching end tables and a coffee table.

The previous day, granddaughter Eliza had brought her parents over for a visit but this was the only usable shot I got.  

She enjoyed playing with Frankie and we had a nice meal of Million Dollar Spaghetti Pie and salad.

I know many are experiencing hot dry weather with lots of records falling - Wed was the hottest day ever recorded for Oct in our area but supposed to be 20+ F lower the first of the week with some desperately needed rain - I can't wait

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. We love our sword fish, but have only done it on the BBQ tasty like wonderful steak. When done rare.
    You recipe looks very tasty too.

  2. this is seriously brilliant! I love anything with olives and never thought to do it with fish wow! GREAT JOB!

  3. I love puttanesca anything--the swordfish looks and sounds tasty. I really like the entertainment center Bev picked out!

  4. That photo of Frankie and Eliza is adorable. And I like the entertainment center. It will look good on those light floors. I don't think I've ever made puttanesca anything. Looks and sounds delicious. Anything with green olives ....

  5. Larry, Laurie would love your Swordfish Puttanesca! I can't remember the last time we had swordfish. You don't see it on menus very often these days... Wow, what a change in the look of your living room/family room! Huge difference...much brighter. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. I'm not a fan of "game" fish like swordfish and tuna, because it's often dry, but this would solve the issue.

    I'm glad Frankie tolerated Eliza well; sometimes older dogs just don't like the little ones that much.

  7. Bet that Swordfish Puttanesca was good! Looks like your granddaughter is having a fun time for sure!


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