Greek for Dinner

My friend Kristy is just fabulous.  The first time I met her I knew we’d be friends because she was so funny and interesting.  Within five minutes of our first “hellos” she told me all about how Greek she is…how Greek her family is…how her husband is from Greece…how she loves cooking Greek food.  I tend to latch on to people who have good recipe stashes hidden in their kitchens, so Kristy and I became fast friends.  And, even though she now lives 1,000 miles away, whenever we chat on Skype we still have plenty to talk about.

Kristy shared this simple Greek fish recipe with me several months ago, but last night was the first time I made it.  It could not have been easier to prepare or clean up – a true one pot meal!  And, the whole house smelled so warm and inviting while it simmered on the stovetop.  To make this dish, I bought frozen fish from Trader Joe’s and dropped it right in the pot still frozen.  Couldn’t be any simpler!

Kristy-the-Greek’s Fish “Psari” Plaki

1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes, cut roughly

1 large white onion, cut in long slices

½ cup dry red wine

¼ – ½ cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon oregano

2-3 lbs of a white flaky fish like flounder, cod or tilapia

In a large pot or Dutch oven, add roughly cut peeled tomatoes (I just take cooking scissors and chop them up roughly in the can), onion, wine, olive oil and seasoning and cook covered for 1 ½ hours, stirring every 20 minutes or so.
Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Add fish to the pot and cover with tomato mixture.  Put the lid the pot and cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes depending on how thick the fish is. Serve in bowls with crusty bread and some feta cheese.

Variation: Add small potatoes and a small bunch of parsley in the beginning

Maureen-the-not-Greek’s Greek Salad Dressing

Juice from 2 large lemons (about 1/3 cup)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 garlic clove, roughly chopped or just grated right into the serving container

a generous dash or two of Kosher salt

A few hearty drops of red wine vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl or mason jar.  Stir or shake well to combine.

Serve on a simple salad of lettuce, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and spicy peppers.  To make this salad a complete meal, I toss in shredded chicken or chick peas.  Yum!

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3 Comments for this entry

  1. Mary says:

    I’m going to try this recipe this week!

  2. Kristy K. says:

    You are so sweet, Maureen! I am glad you like my recipe…I still make it weekly! xoxo K

  3. Lisa F says:

    This recipe sounds and looks delish! I’ll be trying it for sure.

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