Snapper with Cucumber Vinaigrette
- SERVINGS: 4
- 1 large lemon
- 4 plum tomatoeshalved, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch dice
- 1 European cucumber, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch dice
- 1 large shallot, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced thyme
- 1/4 cup minced chives
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Four 6-ounce skinless red snapper fillets (about 1 inch thick)
- Braised Endives, for serving
- Light a grill or preheat the oven to 500°. Using a small, sharp knife, peel the lemon, removing all the bitter white pith. Cut the lemon into 1/4-inch dice, discarding the seeds. Transfer the diced lemon to a medium bowl and add the tomatoes, cucumber, shallot, thyme and chives. Stir in the 1/4 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Lay two 20-inch-square sheets of heavy-duty foil on top of each other, then fold them in half to form a rectangle. Fold up 2 inches on each side, neatly folding in the corners to form a low-sided box. Brush the foil with olive oil and set the fish on the foil. Season with salt and pepper and spoon 1/3 cup of the vinaigrette on each fillet. Using 2 long spatulas, set the foil package on a medium-hot grill and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the fish is just cooked through. Alternatively, roast the foil package on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 20 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve with Braised Endives.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.