Contrary to popular belief, the sailors of Columbus's day did not think they would sail right off the edge of the Earth.They were, however, apprehensive about what they would find in their travels.Prepare the fish as above, but dredge the pieces in flour and fry them in oil until golden.
Discard it, and add the tomatoes; add a little water, and season to taste with salt and pepper, or if you'd rather, red pepper -- Livornesi are known for it.
Cook over a medium flame for 20 minutes, and then add the fish; cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes more, occasionally giving the pan a shake -- no need to turn the fish.
Though eels can survive for quite a time out of water, their flesh quickly spoils once they have died, so it is important that they be cleaned quickly and cooked within a day or two of being caught.
Have your fishmonger Eel is quite fatty as fish go, but if cooked in a way that drains the fat from the fish quite delicately flavored.
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