I had a dish at a local place that was tilapia with marechiara sauce and I can't stop thinking about it. I want to make it at home, but I'm not having any luck finding a recipe anywhere. Anyone have any ideas? I know it has garlic, tomatoes and white wine in it, but I'm not sure if there are any other spices.
i've seen various interpretations, so play around with the proportions to your taste. for a 14-oz can of tomatoes, i'd use 3-4 Tbsp of olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, maybe 1/4 cup white wine and 1/2 cup clam juice or stock.
clam juice or fish stock
chopped fresh or crushed canned tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
salt & pepper
pinch of hot pepper flakes (optional)
fresh basil or oregano
slice garlic and saute in olive oil (some people fortify it with a bit of butter as well) for a couple of minutes until lightly golden. add wine & clam juice or stock & bring to a simmer, cook until reduced by about one-third. add tomatoes, basil or oregano, salt & pepper (and optional pepper flakes if using), and simmer for about 5 minutes. finish with fresh parsley & serve.
BTW, the pairing with tilapia strikes me as somewhat odd since the recipe originated in Naples [i think]. try it with other fish & shellfish. it's often served with cod, clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari, salmon, halibut...you can also add sliced olives if you like them.