Contributed by Louisiana Cookin'
Pan-Seared Snapper with Creole Red Bean Sauce
- In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add tasso; cook until slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Let drain on paper towels.
- In the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook until softened, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomato and shallot; cook for 1 minute, scraping browned bits from bottom of pan. Add beans, 1/2 cup stock, and bay leaf, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- In the container of a blender, place bean mixture. Secure lid on blender, and remove center piece of lid to let steam escape; place a clean towel over opening in lid to avoid splatters. Add remaining 1/4 cup stock, and process until smooth; return to saucepan. Add cream. Bring sauce to a simmer, and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Season snapper fillets with salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Once oil begins to smoke, add fillets, skin side down, and cook until skin is crisp, about 3 minutes. Turn fillets, and cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 3 minutes more. Transfer fillets to a plate with warm Herbed Rice. Drizzle with red bean sauce. Sprinkle tasso over sauce. Serve immediately.