Monday, April 22, 2013

Striped Bass Roasted with Fennel, Side of Baby Potatoes ストライプドバスとフェンネルのロースト、ベビーポテト添え

Whole fresh fish roasted with some herbs and vegetables is a dish that is so simple, yet impressive to the eye and tasty - a great dish for parties. Not to say that it won't work for dinner at home for two - quite to the contrary, there's more to share and makes a very intimate dining experience.

Scaled, gutted, and cleaned a whole striped bass bought at the local farmer's market, seasoned the stomach cavity generously with salt and pepper, then stuffed it with fennel leaves (fronds), a few sprigs of rosemary, sliced lemon, and crushed garlic. Placed the fish on a bed of thinly sliced fennel bulbs in an ovenproof dish, seasoned again, then placed some more sliced lemon and fennel fronds and drizzled a good amount of olive oil and added a splash of dry white wine. Placed in an 375F oven and cooked until the flesh is flaky and the fennel is lightly caramelized. Garnished with some chopped parsley and basil, and served with baby potatoes tossed in canola oil with garlic cloves rosemary sprigs and baked in the same oven.

Wonderful aroma from the fennel and herbs permeates the fish - no "fishiness" here!




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