2994. SWORDFISH with OLIVE-RAISIN TAPENADE with BROCCOLINI and BACON

yields four servings

1 cup olives, chopped
½ cup raisins, plumped in hot water
½ cup tomatoes, small diced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chiffonade
4 oz olive oil
2 oz balsamic vinegar
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
salt and pepper, to taste

Broccolini:
2 bunches broccolini, cleaned
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 oz olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Eggplant Puree:
3 eggplants, whole
1 lemon, juiced
3 oz olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Swordfish:
4 (6 oz) swordfish fillets?
olive oil, to coat
salt and pepper, to taste

For the Olive and Raisin Tapenade: Toss together ingredients and season to taste.

For the Broccolini: Blanch broccolini in salted water, shock in ice bath, and drain off excess water. Heat sauté pan with olive oil and slightly brown garlic. Add broccolini and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

For the Eggplant Puree: Char eggplant over open grill until soft. Peel skin off eggplant and put in food processor. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Mix in bowl with basil and mint.

For the Swordfish: Season swordfish with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Sear until golden on both sides. Let rest.

To Plate: Place broccolini on plate. Make a line of eggplant puree. Lay swordfish across both. Top with tapenade.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tiffany Derry, Top Chef, Season 7, Episode 7?

Originally posted 2013-07-20 01:05:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2890. HALIBUT with YUZU and BACON AIOLI

quarter pound halibut, sushi grade, sliced into 2-inch by 1-inch pieces?
1 cup bacon, rendered & fat reserved
?1 egg yolk
?1.5 tablespoons yuzu?
1 tablespoon shallots, minced
?1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped?
1 tablespoon parsley fluid gel or purée
?salt and pepper, to taste??
scallion, chiffonade for garnish??
seaweed chiffonade for garnish

To make aioli, whisk the yolk in a bowl until frothy. In a steady stream, add bacon fat to create an emulsification. Once thickened, add bacon bits, Yuzu, and shallots. Fold in cilantro. Adjust seasoning. Arrange fish on plate and drizzle with sauce, garnish with parsley, scallions and seaweed.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Josie Smith-Malave, Top Chef, Season 10, Episode 12, Bravo TV

Originally posted 2013-04-07 01:45:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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