Anyway, there's a good chance when Pam calls me late in the afternoon and asks, "Have you cooked dinner yet?" that she and Larry had a good day fishing.
Sure enough, yesterday I got THE phone call.
"We caught some grouper; if you want some, come on over," she beckoned over the phone.
Four minutes and 22 seconds later, I was ringing the Malinoskis doorbell.
He caught this grouper in Tampa Bay. I immediately had a plan for this beauty — grouper en papillote. The fish fillets are wrapped in paper, so the steam can't escape. The paper acts as a container, allowing the fish to steam in its own juices, as well as whatever flavorings are added.
I think this is probably one of the easiest and tidiest ways to cook fish. Cleaning the grill is not one of my favorite things to do. So, I grabbed two sheets of parchment paper, (or you can use foil) and started creating a layer of ingredients on top of one of the sheets of parchment paper. First a row of 1/2-inch sliced red potatoes, then the fish fillet, a few slices of Roma tomatoes, a teaspoon of minced garlic, two tablespoons of chopped fresh basil, and finally three or four sliced kalamata olives on top. Season with a dash of salt and pepper and a light drizzle of olive oil.
Repeat this process for each fish fillet.
Fold the paper or foil to enclose the ingredients and seal the edges. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated, 425 degree oven for 20 minutes. The smell is amazing!
Make an X in the top of the packet and fold back the paper: be careful of the steam. Serve immediately.