This Featured Recipe comes from a chef Tres Foshee, who was chosen as one of Food & Wine's Top Ten Chef's of 1998. I've included it on my page for a bunch of reasons.
One, it looks like a great recipe. Two, Trey works at one of my favorite restaurants, the Tree Room at Sundance in Utah, just 30 minutes from where I live. And three, a friend of mine wrote the article in Food & Wine.
This recipe will definitely be a challenge for some beginners, but if you stay with it, it is doable. You may have some difficulty finding some of the ingredients like truffle oil if you don't have a specialty store in your area.
Check out my Cooking Primer for Pan Roasting and my Pan Roasted Sea Bass recipe for extra pointers.
Striped Bass with Caramelized Onion Sauce
For the Fava Bean Puree
- ¼ pound fresh fava beans shelled
- 1 stick butter unsalted
- ½ cup onion finely chopped
- 2 medium onions peeled and thinly sliced
- salt & freshly ground pepper white pepper if you have it
For the Striped Bass
- 4 cloves cloves thinly sliced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 sprigs thyme
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 12 baby leeks trimmed & rinsed well
- 3 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
- 24 fresh morels mushrooms about 4 ounces rinsed, patted dry
- 2 teaspoons chives coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon white truffle oil available at specialty stores, but expensive
- 2 large striped bass fillets
- Shell the fava beans. This is time-consuming but relaxing.
- Chop and slice the onions, and then slice the garlic.
- Trim and clean the baby leeks. Be sure to get any sand that may accumulate under the leaves.
- Clean the morel mushrooms by rinsing and patting dry with a paper towel.
- Coarsely chop the chives.
- In a large saucepan of boiling water, cook the fava beans for 2 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water. Peel off and discard the tough bean skins.
- In a large, deep skillet, melt two tablespoons of the butter. Add the chopped onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 7 minutes.
- Add all but ½ cup of the fava beans and cook for 2 minutes, then transfer to a food processor. Blend until smooth, adding water if the fava bean puree is too stiff.
- Add one tablespoon of the butter and process until incorporated—season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and reserve.
- Melt two tablespoons of butter in the skillet. Add the sliced onions and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook until softened 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock and thyme and boil until reduce by half. 15 - 20 minutes.
- Add the balsamic vinegar and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Strain the sauce into a medium saucepan, pressing on the solids. Boil until the sauce is reduced to one cup.
- Heat your grill. Pat leeks dry and toss with one tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt & pepper and grill over moderate heat until tender and charred for about 8 minutes.
- Heat one tablespoon of butter in a medium skillet until lightly browned. Add the morels and cook over moderately high heat until softened about 5 minutes.
- Add the reserved ½ cup of uncooked fava beans, one teaspoon of the chives, and the shallot and cook for 1 minute—season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- In each ovenproof skillet, preferably nonstick, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering. Season the fish with salt and pepper and add the fillets to the pans, skin side down. Cook over high heat until opaque around the edges, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer the skillets to the oven and roast the fish for about 11 minutes or until the flesh flakes at the thickest part.
- Meanwhile, bring the sauce to a simmer over low heat.
- Whisk in the remaining two tablespoons of butter and one teaspoon of chives.
- Whisk in the truffle oil and season with salt and pepper; keep warm but do not boil.
- Re-warm the fava bean puree and sautéed morels on top of the stove and the grilled leeks in the oven.
- Spoon the morels onto 6 warmed plates. Set the fish, skin side up, on the morels, and top with the leeks. Spoon the fava bean puree alongside, pour the sauce around the fish and serve.
Some of My Favorite Seafood Recipes
- Salmon Curry with Coconut Miso Recipe
- Grilled Salmon Delight: Perfectly Cooked Catch of the Day
- Everything You Need to Know About Ceviche
- Roasted Cod with Potatoes and Fennel Recipe
- Classic Tuna Casserole with Dill Recipe
- Shrimp Sauce Recipe
- Shrimp and Sweet Potato Curry Recipe
- Bacon Wrapped Scallops Over Coconut Curry Lentils Recipe