2467. ROASTED SWORDFISH with HERBS, SMOKED BACON and RED WINE BUTTER

serves 4-6

3 pounds evenly cut swordfish
1/2 pound smoked slab bacon, cut into matchstick-size pieces
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped, mixed fresh herbs (thyme, basil, chervil, tarragon)
peanut oil
sea salt and cracked black pepper
5 garlic cloves, finely minced

Sauce
4 shallots, peeled and chopped tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
bay leaf
1 cup red wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 pound butter, cut into small pieces and kept cold

Have the fishmonger cut an even-sized section of boneless, skinless swordfish. Naturally, it must be spanking fresh. Divide it in half.

Cook the smoked bacon in its own fat until medium-rare. Remove the bacon from the fat. (The fat may be reserved for another use.)

With a larding needle or knife, insert the bacon pieces into the swordfish, spacing evenly over the two sections of fish. (This is the same procedure often used with game meats, such as venison.) Now, rub olive oil over the swordfish and rub about 1/3 of the herbs on the fish.

Bring a large, heavy skillet to a moderately hot temperature, add the peanut oil to the pan, and sear the fish well on all sides. Remove the fish from the heat and allow it to rest.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Season the fish with a little sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Then top the entire length of the fish with the remaining herbs and the minced fresh garlic. Put the fish in a small roasting pan and place it in the oven. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes.

While the fish is roasting, make the sauce: In a medium-sized saucepan, gently stew the chopped shallots in the olive oil. Add the red wine vinegar, black pepper, and bay leaf and reduce to 3 tablespoons. Add the red wine and reduce to 1/4 cup. Add the heavy cream and reduce the entire mixture till it thickens.

Beat in the butter, bit by bit, until it is all incorporated, and then strain the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer and keep warm.

Remove swordfish from the oven and allow to rest in a warm place for 5 to 10 minutes.

Slice the swordfish into portions. If the fish is too rare in the center for your taste, just lay it out in the pan and warm it in the oven for a few more minutes.

Ladle a few ounces of the warm butter sauce onto each plate and top with the fish. Serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Feast of Sunlight by Norman Van Aken. Harvard Common Press, 1997

Originally posted 2012-02-09 09:08:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2962. SMOKED TROUT, WATERCRESS, CRISPY BACON and GRIBICHE SANDWICH

sandwich bread, sliced and buttered
watercress or rocket
streaky bacon, 2 rashers per person, cooked until crisp
smoked trout
salt and freshly ground black pepper
gribiche sauce (recipe below)

Gribiche
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped chervil leaves
2 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons capers, finely chopped
3 tablespoons gherkins, finely diced

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate until needed.

To assemble: Place the buttered bread on a clean surface or chopping board. To each slice add a layer of watercress then two rashers of the crisp bacon. Top with chunks of smoked trout then spoon over some dollops of the gribiche. Season with salt and black pepper and finish the sandwiches with another slice of bread.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Al Brown, Cuisine, #118, PO Box 6341, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

2889. SHRIMP TEMPURA with BACON TRUFFLE EMULSION

yields 24 servings

Bacon Truffle Emulsion: 1 pound smoked bacon
5 cups chicken stock
5 ounces unsalted butter
5 tablespoons white truffle oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Shrimp Tempura: 3 pounds shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut in half lengthwise, leaving tail on one piece?tempura batter, prepared according to package directions
salt and pepper
oil for deep-frying
truffle salt
1/4 cup scallion oil (recipe below)
microplaned yuzu zest, as needed
micro chervil, parsley and shiso, as needed
shiso chiffonade
To make scallion oil, in blender, purée until smooth 1 ounce chopped scallions (white and green parts), 1/4 cup canola oil and a pinch of salt. (Yield: 1/4 cup)?
To make bacon truffle emulsion, chop bacon into 1/2-inch pieces. Sauté bacon until almost crispy. Drain fat and reserve; mince bacon pieces. In small saucepan, bring stock, bacon and 1 cup bacon fat to a simmer. Remove pan from heat; let steep for 10 minutes. Strain into another saucepan, pushing on bacon bits to extract flavor. Add butter and truffle oil; blend with handheld immersion blender. Set aside for service or refrigerate, covered, until needed. (Yield: 6 cups)
For each serving, to order, lightly season 2 ounces shrimp with salt and pepper. Dip in tempura batter; fry in hot (375°F) oil. When shrimp is half done, drizzle more tempura batter onto each piece of shrimp with your fingers; fry until crispy. Drain well; season lightly with truffle salt. Mound shrimp in bowl. Froth 1/4 cup truffle emulsion with immersion blender. Spoon some of the liquid from the emulsion around the shrimp but not on top. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon scallion oil. Spoon froth from emulsion over shrimp. Quickly add remaining garnishes; serve immediately.?

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Tim Cushman, o ya, 9 East Street Place, Boston, MA

2747. YELLOWTAIL TARTAR with BACON and TANGERINE DRESSING

yields four servings

Bacon and Tangerine Dressing:
3 tangerines, zested and juiced
1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1/4-inch strips
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard

Crostini:
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 baguette, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Yellowtail Tartar:
1 pound yellowtail tuna, 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, picked and chopped
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
1 teaspoon chipotle puree
3 scallions, thinly sliced
3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked and finely chopped
1 shallot, brunoised
1/2 lemon, juiced
Olive oil, for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bull’s blood, for garnish
Chervil, for garnish

Special Equipment: 2 1/2-inch ring mold

Note: Bull’s blood is a variety of heirloom beet, typically grown and used for its dark purple leaves.

For the bacon and tangerine dressing: Strain the tangerine juice through a mesh strainer into a small saute pan. Bring the juice to a simmer and reduce to a syrup consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon in a little olive oil until crispy, about 7 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving the fat from the pan in a small bowl.
Whisk together the mustard, 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon fat, the tangerine zest and the tangerine reduction in a small bowl.

For the crostini: Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Toast the fennel seeds in a small saute pan over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes, and then grind in a spice grinder. Brush both sides of the baguette slices with a little olive oil and season generously with salt, black pepper and ground fennel seed. Grill until the bread is toasted, 3 minutes per side. Remove and reserve.

For the tartar: Combine the yellowtail, parsley, capers, vinegar, mustard, chipotle puree, scallions, thyme, shallots, lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil in a large bowl. Adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper. Plate with the ring mold.

Drizzle some of the dressing around the plate and garnish with reserved bacon pieces. Dress the bull’s blood and chervil with some of the vinaigrette, season with salt and black pepper, and use to garnish the tartar. Serve with the crostini on the side.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Bobby Flay, “Worst to First: The Final Battle,” Worst Cookes in America, Food Network

2657. BACON and CONFIT ONION BALLOTINE with GRIBICHE SAUCE and POTATO DUMPLING

500 grams ballotine shredded bacon
3-4 white onions, finely sliced
4 slices parma ham
pickled thyme?
100 grams butter (½ for sweating onions)
25 ml olive oil
teaspoon capers
chopped chervil + parsley
seasoning?
50 grams diced potato

Gribiche sauce:?
1 teaspoon diced gherkin?
1 teaspoon capers?
1 teaspoon chopped parsley?
1 teaspoon chopped chervil?
1 grated egg, hard boiled
1 teaspoon mustard
vinegar
sunflower oil

Potato dumplings:?
20 grams parmesan?
75 grams flour?
175 grams mash potato?
20 grams butter
chopped herbs
seasoning?
1 egg
breadcrumbs
oil for frying eggs

Sweat finely sliced onion and thyme in half the butter and olive oil. Add bacon and warm through. Season mix and add remaining ingredients, except for the parma ham. Allow to cool slightly. Lay the parma ham on a sheet of cling film, slightly over lapping the meat. Place the mix at one end, in line of Parma ham. Then roll the Parma around the mix, making sure to keep it tight. Roll the ham, filled with the mixture in cling film and place in fridge. Allow to chill.

Gribiche Sauce: Mix grated egg yolk and mustard. Then add the vinegar and whisk in oil slowly to make a type of mayonnaise. Finally add the remaining ingredients and serve.

Potato Dumpling: Firstly warm up the potato. Then add flour, butter and other ingredients. Divide and roll into balls. To finish, flour and egg wash the balls before deep frying the dumplings.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Thomas Haughton, RTÉ Food, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster), Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland