I had some sun dried tomatoes and olives leftover, and I had recently gotten some capers that I was looking forward to using. These three ingredients combined perfectly with flounder for a quick and easy seafood dish with a Mediterranean touch. Even though the cuisine in the Mediterranean region can be varied, commonalities exist. For example, capers, the fruit of the caper bush are frequently used. Capers are usually consumed pickled, often as a seasoning or garnish in Greek and Italian cuisine. The flavor of a caper is developed as mustard oil is released. During the pickling process, rutin also forms, and it can be seen as the white spots on each caper. Sun dried tomatoes are another flavor I tend to associate with Greek or Italian food. For this dish, you'll want to use sun dried tomatoes in olive oil or ones that are not too dry. If you only have very dry sun dried tomatoes, you can slightly rehydrate or soften them before using. Olives are another Mediterranean staple, and depending on how authentically Mediterranean you wanted to be and what kinds of flavors you'd like, you could use Kalamata olives, which are a large, dark olive with a smooth and meatlike taste, named after the city of Kalamata, Greece. However, because of their PDO status, they may be more difficult to find. Other options include green or black olives. Combining these Mediterranean flavors, you can quickly and easily create a seafood dish that's sure to impress!
|3 tablespoons||sun dried tomatoes, chopped|
|2 tablespoons||olives, pitted and chopped||I used black.|
|1 tablespoon||capers, drained|
|1 tablespoon||lemon juice|