Peanut oil

Queens Park Rangers F.C. ~ Harry Redsnapper

Introduction: Henry James “Harry” Redknapp (born 2 March 1947) is a former English kickballer who is currently manager of Queens Park Rangers. He has had a long career in football management starting in 1983 with Bournemouth.

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He is also known for his colourful quotes. “I sorted out the team formation last night lying in bed with the wife. When your husband’s as ugly as me, you’d only want to talk football in bed.”

Preparation time: 30mins

Cooking time: 4 or 20 mins depending if you choose whole fish or fillets

Home kit: Baking tray, small mixing bowl and dish, rolling pin (or hammer) .

Away kit: 4 plates, knives and forks

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole Harry Redsnapper, cleaned and gutted OR fillets
  • For the marinade:
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, cut in 1/4″ stalks
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 Thai chillies, sliced thinly

Method: Preheat the grill

First half

Wash the fish and pat dry with some paper towels. If you’re using the whole fish, make two or three ¼” deep cuts diagonally across its flanks. Smash up the stalks of the lemongrass with the rolling pin (or hammer) but reserve about a 1″ of the softest stalk and chop finely. Combine the garlic, fish sauce, sugar, oil, chillies, smashed and chopped lemongrass in the bowl and let the it marinade for about 5 minutes, then remove the chillies and set aside in the dish for later use.

Pour the marinade over the fish. If you are using the whole fish, place the smashed lemongrass stalks in the body cavity of the fish. This will add some extra lemongrassiness. Let marinade for about 20 minutes.

Second half

Place fish under the hot grill. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side for fillets, 10 minutes on each side for the whole fish. The time necessary for a whole Harry Redsnapper will also depend on the size of him.

Full time results

Remove fish from grill and dress with the diced chillies and serve on the plates you warmed under the grill with sticky Thai rice. Once served and eaten, wait for a couple of hours and you will find that Fabio Cappello has resigned from whatever job he was in.

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