Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Grilled Branzini & Prawns with Grilled Lemons

Grilling fish and seafood has to be one of my favorite things to do during the summer. It is something that is fun and different to do than cooking burgers and brats. This is yet another dish that encompasses what real Italian cooking is all about. Great quality ingredients simply prepared. If you can't find the whole prawns, shrimp will work just fine. A good substitute for branzino(Mediterranean bass) would be snapper.

TT = to taste

Serves 4-6

1) 2 Whole Branzini, scaled & scored
2) 10 Whole Prawns
3) 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
4) flat leaf parsley
5) fleur de sel
6) fresh ground black pepper
7) 2-3 lemons, halved
8) extra virgin olive oil

1) Preheat charcoal grill
2) Season the cavity and skin of the branzini with salt and pepper
3) Stuff cavity of branzini with the sliced garlic and parsley and drizzle all over with olive oil
4) Season prawns and lemons with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil
5) Brush grill with olive oil to prevent sticking
6) Place lemons cut side down on grill and cook until nice and dark brown, almost charred
7) Place branzini on grill and cook until skin becomes nice and crispy, then flip fish and cook on the other side until crispy and fish is cooked through (around 5-7 minutes per side)
8) Place shrimp on grill and cook until done (2-3 minutes per side)
9) Transfer to serving platter, and drizzle with good extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of fleur de sel, & a good squeeze of the grilled lemons
10) Serve immediately with wine and LOTS OF NAPKINS!!! DON'T BE AFRAID TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY.

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