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Gennaro’s Italian Pan Fried Mackerel & Polenta


Are you ready for a bit of Italian magic? The worlds most passionate chef is back with another amazing recipe! Gennaro Contaldo takes mackerel fillets, covers them with polenta and simply fries them in a pan. This leaves them with a lovely crispy finish. They are served on top of caramelised peppers, cooked with chilli, garlic and lemon juice. To finish it off, he adds a little sugar to caramelise everything – ending up with the Italian version of sweet and sour.

The one item he adds that you may not recognise are caper berries. They come from the caper plant which is best known for the edible flower buds (capers). They are often used as a seasoning. You may find the berries pickled, though I am sure many of you will have troubles tracking them down.

In the video, Gennaro takes us through the recipe but heed his warning about adding the lemon juice. Always be careful in the kitchen!


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