2790. ROASTED BRANZINO with BACON, SHRIMP and FRENCH BEANS

makes two servings

fresh branzino, cleaned and butterflied
2 pieces of good bacon
12 small cleaned shrimp
2 tablespoons good whole grain mustard
1 cup of panko bread crumbs
vegetable oil spray
juice of one fresh lemon
handful French beans ends trimmed

Beans: Steam until tender then sauté with a little butter and lemon juice and season to taste. Add some lemon zest and serve in the fish when ready.

Start by places one strip of bacon on each side of the fish. Now mix together the mustard and the mayo and paint the inside of the fish covering the bacon as well. Place about 12 small cleaned shrimp on the fish scattering evenly and finish with a layer of panko bread crumbs. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and spray a light coating of vegatable oil on the bread crumbs before putting in the oven. Now roast until the fish is golden brown about 15-20 min and you can see the fat has rendered out of the bacon. Now slid onto a plate and serve with the French beans in the middle and a little more lemon juice.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Benny Doro, February 19, 2011

Originally posted 2012-12-28 08:44:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2699. HERRING and SMOKED BACON with FENNEL, FRENCH BEAN and TOMATO SALAD

serves four

250 grams French beans, topped and tailed
4 tomatoes
1 fennel bulb
2 shallots, peeled
Olive oil, for frying
8 rashers of smoked bacon, preferably Alsace
8 fresh herrings, filleted but still with skin
4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

For the dressing
2 egg yolks
1 garlic clove, crushed
6 large canned anchovy fillets in olive oil
½ teaspoon English mustard powder
1 teaspoon Maille Dijon mustard
Splash of Tabasco sauce
Splash of Worcestershire sauce
250ml olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Make the dressing, in a liquidizer blitz the egg yolks, garlic, anchovy and both mustards with the Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. When well combined, pour in the olive oil in a slow steady stream, as for mayonnaise. When the emulsion becomes too thick (the consistency should be of barely pourable mayonnaise), add the lemon juice. Adjust the seasonings and, if still overly thick, add a little hot water.
Salt the boiling water and boil the beans in it until properly cooked. They must retain a vague resilience but should definitely not be crunchy. Remove them from the water and plunge them into a sinkful of very cold water to stop them cooking.

Blanch the tomatoes for 10 seconds or so to loosen the skins, refresh them in cold water and then skin and quarter them. Remove the seeds and cut the tomatoes into strips. Trim the tops of the fennel bulb and cut it in half. Cut off the bottom centimetre and then slice the bulb from top to toe into fine strips. Halve the shallots as well and cut them into similar strips. Mix all of the vegetables in a bowl with the dressing and set aside for 30 minutes.

Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan, place in the bacon rashers and cook gently until lightly coloured but not crisp. Remove and keep warm.

Season the herring fillets and fry them, skin side first, in the hot bacon-flavoured pan until they are sizzling away, about 2-3 minutes. Turn them over and leave for a few more seconds. This will give you a barely cooked herring fillet which is ideal if they are spankingly fresh.

To assemble, divide the salad into 4 tight piles, one on each plate. Then stack up 2 herring fillets and 2 rashers of bacon on top and garnish with the chopped parsley.

bacon recipe courtesy of: A Chefs Help.com