Today’s recipe includes a sauce that can be put over almost anything – chicken, seafood, fish, veal, etc. I call it a faux puttanesca because it incorporates some, but not all flavors of a traditional puttanesca sauce. Anchovies, capers and hot peppers are all part of what Americans know as “puttanesca.” This sauce simply incorporated items from my fridge and pantry, but can be made with the above ingredients if desired.

While I’m not eating today for religious reasons, I’m dreaming about this yummy dinner I concocted on Monday evening.


Serves 2

Season two tilapia fillets with salt and pepper. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides, or until cooked through. Remove the fish from the pan.

Add 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil and 1 clove chopped garlic to the pan. Sauté for 1 minute. Add ¼ cup white wine, ¼ cup chicken stock, ½ cup diced tomatoes and a handful of sliced kalamata olives to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce until about ½ of the liquid has evaporated (a few minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, add a few leaves of chopped basil and remove from the heat.

Serve the sauce over the fish.

Bon Appetit!


Lauren Kase
Hillman’s Helpings