2 pounds boneless fish fillets or steaks,
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Juice of 1 large lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound onions, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced thinly across the grain
2 large garlic cloves, minced or puréed
1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes with juice (in summer use 2 pounds grated or peeled seeded ripe tomatoes)
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon tomato paste dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup dry white wine or red wine
Leaves from 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1. Pat the fish dry and season to taste with salt and pepper. Oil one or two baking dishes large enough to accommodate the fish in one layer. Lay the fish in the dish and pour on the lemon juice. Refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, heavy skillet and add the onions. Cook, stirring often, until they have softened and begun to color slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Add a generous pinch of salt and the garlic and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Stir in the tomatoes, sugar, paprika, cinnamon, dissolved tomato paste, wine, half the parsley and more salt and pepper to taste and bring to a simmer. Simmer uncovered, stirring often, until the sauce has cooked down a bit and is very fragrant, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the fish. Sprinkle on the remaining parsley.
Serve with: chilled Ouzo, or Greek white wine
PERFECT “Ersatz” vacation!