Another easy but delicious dish to make for a crowd is baked lapu-lapu (grouper) with dill, onions, lemons, tomatoes and sliced new potatoes. When you chance upon or acquire a large and really fresh lapu-lapu or grouper, make sure you have it cleaned through its mouth (no cut in the underbelly for juices to ooze out of, and scaled properly. Then put it in a baking dish and add thinly sliced lemons, some dill or other herbs, lots of salt and pepper, sliced onions, new potatoes, tomatoes and lots of olive oil. Bake in a 375 degree oven until cooked (say 45-60 minutes, depending on size) and serve with all the juices that accumulate in the pan and the veggies.
If you happen to have commercial sized parchment paper, this dish is superb when baked in parchment as it effectively steams in its own juices and all the flavor is kept intact. If the fish is very fresh, the meat will be soft, juicy and delicious. Perfect with rice or served with good crusty bread. Others like to throw in some olives or even capers to add a slightly different taste to the dish. This can also be done with snapper and other fish with white meatâ€¦ The fish pictured here was over 2 kilos and it easily fed 8 as a light main course serving. This recipe is a much healthier and less messy alternative to deep frying the fish… I have been away for a few days and won’t get back to my computer till Jan. 2, 2006 in case you’re wondering why I haven’t been commenting in recent days… Happy New Year everyone!!!