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Fish Vera Cruz with Pilsner Urquell Brewed in the Czech Republic

02/24/2016 09:16AM ● Published by David Norby

Fish Vera Cruz 

Sheet Pan Paleo by Pamela Ellgen

I absolutely love the briny, salty flavors of this classic Spanish seafood dish. The soft, succulent texture of the fish pairs beautifully with the crisp herbed potatoes.

  • 3 to 4 potatoes, diced in 1⁄2-inch pieces 
  • 1⁄4 cup minced fresh parsley 
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic, divided 
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 1⁄4 cup capers, drained 
  • 1⁄2 cup green olives, pitted and roughly chopped 
  • 4 plum tomatoes, diced 
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar 
  • 4 (4- to 6-oz.) halibut fillets 
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the potatoes, parsley, 1 teaspoon of the garlic, and olive oil on a sheet pan. Toss gently to combine. Season with a generous pinch of sea salt. Roast for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the remaining garlic with the capers, olives, plum tomatoes, and vinegar in a small bowl. 

Cut four 12-inch squares parchment paper. Divide the caper and olive mixture between the sheets of parchment. Top each with a piece of fish. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the parchment to form a loose package. Set the packages atop the potatoes and cook for another 15 minutes. Remove fish from parchment before serving. Serves 4.


PILSNER URQUELL

Brewed by Plzeský Prazdroj in the Czech Republic since 1842, Pilsner Urquell, (“urquell” meaning the “ancient source”) was the world’s first pilsner beer. Made using Saaz hops that are low in bitterness and high in aroma, soft Plzen water, lager yeast and a special malted barley, then crafted by fire brewing, this blonde lager starts off with just a hint of hops and honeysuckle, and then develops its true flavor—subtle, malty sweetness with caramel tones—in the middle, followed by a refreshing finish and balanced aftertaste. At only 4.4 percent ABV and with such a light, clean taste, it’s easy to drink…and continue drinking. For a praiseworthy pairing, try it alongside this month’s Fish Vera Cruz. 

—Laurie Desantiago, Manager, 36 Handles Pub & Eatery

Recipe and cookbook photos courtesy of Ulysses Press/Pamela Ellgen. Beer photo courtesy of Good Relations.

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