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Mexico -- One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless

Fish A La Veracruzana: How to Fish for Compliments (#108)

Rick takes us to the Gulf Coast port of Veracruz. "The Mexican Mediterranean," for a look at the city's most famous contribution to Mexican cooking, a fittingly Mediterranean fish preparation known simply as "a la Veracruzana" that features a whole fish baked in a tangy tomato, herb, olive and caper sauce. Inspired by this classic dish, Rick explores the Mediterranean roots of Mexican cooking, and the surprising contributions of Mexico - such as the tomato - to the cuisines of Europe. He shows us how to make a dramatic Pescado a la Veracruzana, using a whole fish, then moves to his outdoor kitchen for an easy, contemporary Grilled Salmon a la Veracruzana-- tasty proof that Mexican cooking can be every bit as light and fresh as the Mediterranean dishes we're all so in love with today. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: In MEXICO - ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS, the beloved chef and restaurateur seamlessly weaves together techniques, recipes, cultural musings and off-the-wall surprises. This season Rick presents start-to-finish, stress-free, Mexican-inspired fiestas packed with creativity, color and flavor. Throughout the series, Rick translates his Mexican travel adventures into unforgettable parties from intimate fireside suppers and casual backyard cocktails with friends to big, boisterous bashes for 25. Rick also suggests clever and practical ideas to make each party special, like creating signature drinks for the occasion, serving ceviche in glass votive holders and transforming supermarket salad bar items into a hip Mexican crudites platter. And to help set the mood, he offers party playlists featuring his favorite musical finds and gardening tips for growing one's own ingredients.

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