Caponata-Style Escarole and Cod
- SERVINGS: 6
Alfonso Iaccarino makes rustic peasant dishes like this for his staff every day at lunch so that they become familiar with the typical foods of the region.
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- All-purpose flour
- 3/4 pound skinless fresh cod or other firm white fish fillets
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 large head of escarole (about 1 1/2 pounds), cored and coarsely chopped (about 10 cups)
- 10 anchovies (about 3 ounces), drained and coarsely chopped
- 10 oil-cured black olives, halved and pitted
- 2 tablespoons salted capers, well rinsed
- 1 1/2 pounds tomatoespeeled, halved, seeded and coarsely chopped
- Flat-leaf parsley leaves, for garnish
- Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. Lightly flour the fish and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat until lightly browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fish. Transfer the fish to a platter.
- Add the garlic to the oil and cook over moderate heat until deep golden, about 2 minutes; discard the garlic. Add the escarole to the casserole along with the anchovies, olives and capers. Cook, stirring constantly, until the escarole turns bright green and wilts, about 3 minutes. Transfer the escarole to a bowl.
- Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the casserole. Add the tomatoes and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce to the escarole and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley and serve with the fish.
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