Capt. Hank's Baked Grouper

This recipe was given to me by my friend Capt. Hank Vankesteren, of Ruffinit Charters. It's awesome! Here are the steps to get there.

1) 1/4 lb. butter
2) 4 leeks, washed and chopped
3) 5 big garlic cloves, crushed
4) 3 cups white wine (chardonney works best)
5) 1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
6) 1 pint whipping cream
7) 4 large beef boullion cubes, dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water
8) 1/4 cup lemon juice
9) Sprinkle salt and pepper over the filets and put in casserole pan. Set aside.
10) In a saucepan, melt butter and saute leeks until tender. Add garlic and chopped spinach, and let simmer for about 40 minutes. Then, add white wine and whipping cream and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. (You can add more butter, depending upon taste). Add lemon juice, stir, and then let cool 10 to 15 minutes. Then, add the dissolved beef boullion cubes, stir and pour over fish (or you can set sauce aside, and pour it over the fish in the casserole when you are ready to bake it).
11) Bake covered with foil at 400 F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until fish flakes easily.
12) Serve, and enjoy!

About The Author: Captain Butch Rickey

Company: The Bar Hopp'R

Area Reporting: Backcountry fishing and flats fishing in the waters of Pine Island around Sanibel Island, Captiva Is

Bio: Capt. Butch Rickey spent much of his youth growing up on Sanibel and Captiva, near Ft. Myers, and has fished the waters of Pine Island Sound for much of his 60-plus years. Capt. Butch specializes in light tackle live-bait fishing for snook, redfish, tarpon, and trout in Pine Island Sound, but will be happy to accomodate any other type of fishing you want to do. You'll enjoy fishing the beautiful clear water of the shallow grass flats, mangrove keys, potholes, and oyster bars. You'll marvel at the wildlife on, in, and above the water. You'll see Florida as you always imagined it would be. A Barhopp'R trip will satisfy the fisherman, hunter, and sightseer in you. Capt. Butch is an instructional guide, and gives you only the best Shimano Stella reels and St. Croix Legend and G. Loomis rods to use. Butch is U.S. Coast Guard licensed, insured, experienced, and provides fishing license, bait, ice, digital camera, cell phone, and lots of advice and coaching when needed. He will work hard to put you on the fish.

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