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Angelfish with Millet Risotto

Posted on November 12, 2008 by in easy cooking, easy cooking recipes, easy recipes, seafood, Uncategorized

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Angelfish is a good replacement for snoek! Snoek is a fish that is indigenous to South African waters and is available during the winter months when you can see fisherman trying to sell their “Day’s Catch” on the side of the roads. It is a very popular fish and here are some of my fellow South African foodies who have made classic recipes such as smoorsnoek, snoekbraai and snoek pates.
At the moment it is not in season, but a fish that is available at the moment is Angelfish. It sold for R23.99 per kilo yesterday and it was a good buy for filleted, boneless fish. Angelfish has a texture very similar to snoek – the flesh is dry and firm, not at all like hake or kingklip.

Angelfish is ideal for smoking and that gave me the idea to add the smoky taste without having to take out the smoker. I had to think of something to keep the fish moist and came up with this idea – stuff the fish with feta, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto and wrap it in bacon before you bake it.

Angelfish with Millet risotto

about 1kg angelfish – filleted and skin removed.
1 rings feta cheese
sun-dried tomato pesto
basil pesto
salt and pepper
250gr bacon rashers

Pre-heat oven to 180CCut the fish in even-sized blocks – about 6x6cm( I got 2 bocks out of one fillet). Cut the feta cheese in “sticks”(about the size of a potato chip). Lay a piece of cheese on one block of fish, top with the 2 pestos and then another piece of fish. Wrap in bacon – I used 3 rashers per “parcel”. Secure with kebab sticks and bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. I overcooked my fish slightly, so consider yourself warned.

Another interesting facet to this meal was the Millet risotto. Karen Railey who is the author of the popular book, How to Improve Fading Memory and Thinking Skills with Nutrition, says that Millet is highly nutritious, non-glutinous and like buckwheat and quinoa, is not an acid forming food so is soothing and easy to digest.In fact, it is considered to be one of the least allergenic and most digestible grains available and it is a warming grain so will help to heat the body in cold or rainy seasons and climates. We are having a very cold week here in the middle of summer and my whole family has got the sniffles. I thought this was a great accompaniment with the fish and indeed a heart and body-warming meal.1 onion – finely chopped
1 cup dry millet
3 cups vegetable stock
125ml white wine
1 Tbsp olive oil
100ml grated parmesan cheese
Saute onion in olive oil. Add millet and stir until all grains are covered with oil. Add wine and cook until the wine is absorbed. Add all the stock and cook until thick and creamy. Stir in the cheese and serve piping hot.

Last but not least, I received another award, this time from the blogger who is living my dream(in France.) Her name is Hopie and her site is called Hopie’s Kitchen.
I received this Yum-Yum blog award from her and it is so special to me, because that is exactly what I am after when preparing a meal – the Yum factor! I pass this award on to every blogger that I visit on a daily basis – I am gob-smacked at some of your creations. Thanks Hopie!

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11 Responses to “Angelfish with Millet Risotto”

  1. Jeanne 12 November 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    Oh I do miss angelfish – you don’t seem to see it much here. I used to love smoked angelfish pate… I love wrapping fish in bacon – it transforms even humble hake into something special πŸ™‚

  2. Marianna 12 November 2008 at 2:59 pm #

    Another great thing I learn about S.African cuisine thanks to your blog! This dish really looks delicious, plus I am a big fan of fish, so I’m sure I would devour this and give back a spotless plate!

  3. kat 12 November 2008 at 7:36 pm #

    can something wrapped in bacon be anything but good?!

  4. Lo 12 November 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    This looks incredible. I am lusting after that wonderfully fresh seafood!

  5. Snooky doodle 12 November 2008 at 11:03 pm #

    what a nice dish. This looks so yummy. I love the flavour combination. Interesting info too πŸ™‚

  6. That Girl 13 November 2008 at 7:29 am #

    I’ll have to try millet risotto!

  7. Sara 13 November 2008 at 8:07 am #

    I have a bag of millet in my pantry and I’m always looking for new ways to use it. Thanks!

  8. glamah16 13 November 2008 at 7:47 pm #

    Very nice fish dish. Makes an excellent presentation.

  9. Kevin 16 November 2008 at 12:57 am #

    Fish wrapped in bacon and stuffed with sundried tomato pesto and feta sounds so good!

  10. mycookinghut 14 February 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    Never tried angelfish before..the recipe looks good!

  11. Anonymous 31 July 2010 at 5:14 pm #

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