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Baked Red Snapper with Savory Tomato Sauce

3 lbs. red Snapper (any thicker white fish)
1/2 cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste
6 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
3 cups canned tomatoes
1 Tbsp. catsup
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 lemon finely sliced
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
Dash of red pepper
Lemon slices, parsley
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce


Dredge fish inside and out with flour, salt and pepper. Place it in a baking dish. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Saute onion, celery, green pepper, until celery is very tender. Press the tomatoes, Worcestershire, catsup, chili powder, lemon slices, bay leaves, garlic salt, and red pepper through a potato ricer; add to sauteed ingredients. Pour the sauce around the fish. Bake in a moderate oven 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes. Baste frequently with the sauce. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.


Serves 4 to 6. Excellent served with rice.



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