Yield
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet, 1/4 cup bean puree, and about 3 tablespoons coconut sauce)

Black beans and banana form the base for the cool component of this dish.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare puree, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add banana; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans, 1/4 cup broth, juice, cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Place banana mixture and remaining 1/4 cup broth in a food processor; process until smooth.

Step 2

To prepare snapper, combine carrot, milk, chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and jalapeños in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer. Add fish to pan; cover and simmer 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Step 3

Wine note: This snapper dish calls for a lively, high-acid white wine, able to cut through the creamy coconut milk. (Avoid high alcohol, which can emphasize the jalapeño's heat.) An unoaked chardonnay, like Santa Julia Organica Chardonnay 2006 ($9), fills the bill, bringing its own tropical flavors of pineapple, papaya, banana, and citrus to the mix. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

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