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Short-Cut Supper

Poached fish is ready in a hurry.

October 11, 2000|JANET MCCRACKEN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

As much as I love a hearty stew or deeply flavored soup, I don't have time to whip one up during the week.

But I can soothe my friends and family in just half an hour by poaching fish with wine and tomatoes. It's a simple but delicious way of preparing fish.

For a nice change, offer a fruit and cheese tray for dessert. Choose a flavorful blue cheese, such as a Roquefort or Gorgonzola. Slice a few figs and a pear or two and enjoy a naturally sweet dessert.

Tilapia in Wine and Tomatoes

Active Work Time: 20 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Serve this over cooked rice.

1 1/2 pounds tilapia or other mild white fish filets

Salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup diced onion

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 cup white wine

2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley

* Rinse fish and pat dry. Lightly season with salt.

* Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil. When hot, add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, 5 minutes.

* Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.

* Place fish on top of tomatoes, setting thicker portions around edges of skillet. Pour wine over fish and sprinkle with parsley. Cover and bring to simmer. Reduce heat and simmer until fish is cooked through, 10 minutes. You may need to shift fish in pan halfway through cooking if filets on edges are cooking more quickly than those in middle. Remove fish to serving platter and cover with foil.

* Bring wine and tomato mixture to boil and cook about 3 minutes to reduce slightly. Pour over fish.

4 servings. Each serving: 242 calories; 335 mg sodium; 50 mg cholesterol; 6 grams fat; 9 grams carbohydrates; 29 grams protein; 0.77 gram fiber.

Menu

Tilapia in Wine and Tomatoes

Rice

Fruit and Cheese

INGREDIENTS

Shopping List

Figs

Gorgonzola or other blue cheese

Parsley

Pears

1 1/2 pounds tilapia or other mild white fish filets

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes

Dry white wine

Staples

Olive oil

Onions

Rice

GAME PLAN

30 minutes before: Dice onion and parsley. Begin rice.

25 minutes before: Saute onion then add tomatoes.

15 minutes before: Add tilapia to skillet.

10 minutes before: Arrange fruit and cheese platter.

5 minutes before: Reduce cooking liquid.

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