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Crispy Striped Bass With Citrus Glaze & Fennel Parsley Salad

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Ingredients
  Bass fillets 1 Pound, skin on, cut into two servings
  Fennel bulbs 1 (with fronds attached (the feathery stuff))
  Flat leaf italian parsley 3 Ounce, rinse well, trim off stems (1 Bunch)
  White wine 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter stick 1 , diced and kept chilled
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), divided (used to fry and for salad dressing)
  Lemon 1 , juiced
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Warm water 1 Tablespoon
  Cornstarch 1 Teaspoon, mixed with 1 tbsp cold water (Secret Weapon, Cornstarch Slurry)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Let the fish come up to room temperature.

MAKING
2. In a saucepan combine wine and ½ lemon juice and start heating up over medium heat.
3. Roughly chop half of the fennel fronds and stems and add it to the wine.
4. Simmer until the liquid reduces to half, remove the stems and any big pieces from the sauce and keep it aside.
5. Thinly slice the bulb part of the fennel and place in a bowl, add whole parsley leaves to the bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and refrigerate.
6. In a small bowl combine salt and pepper, ½ of the olive oil and ½ of the lemon juice and mix well keep it aside.
7. In a pan add ½ of the olive oil and then ½ of the butter. Butter should be very bubbly.
8. Pat dry the fish and season it with salt and pepper on both sides.
9. Place the fish in the hot pan, sear the fish for 3 minutes per side.
10. In the meantime prepare the salad, mix the dressing well and pour over the fennel and parsley. Mound it up in the middle of the serving plate; use the browned stuff in the bottom of your sauté pan;
11. Remove the fish from the sauté pan to rest on paper towels.
12. Carefully pour off some of the excess butter and oil mixture to discard. Then pour the last bits of browned goodness into the wine sauce you prepared earlier.
13. Remove from heat and add diced cold butter to the mixture and stir until all butter is melted and sauce is glossy.
14. You can add the cornstarch slurry, combine cornstarch and water and mix until you get a smooth consistency.
15. Add the cornstarch slurry into the fish sauce incase if you want a thick sauce.

SERVING
16. Serve the crispy bass with fresh fennel and parsley salad with a drizzle of the citrus glaze.

NOTE
Don’t strain the sauce. You want some of the fronds to stay in the sauce and straining it would take everything out.
Do not allow the fish to smoke.
Your ‘secret weapon’ may be used at this point if you want your sauce to be thicker. What you have now is a ‘buerre blanc’ – an elegant thin wine and butter sauce. You can use it as is…thin is good. If you prefer a thicker sauce you can make the slurry and add it slowly to your buerre blanc, bringing it to a mild boil while stirring.

Things You Will Need
saute pan

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Saute
Ingredient: 
Bass
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Story
This dish was suggested by a friend of mine, Executive Chef Aaron Geister of the Indigo Grille at Copper Canyon Golf Club in Arizona. It may seem a little odd that an Arizona Chef would inspire a such a fabulous dish…so trust me…you just have to try it! Aaron grew up in the Pacific NorthWest where seafood is abundant and he studied at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, AZ. He has become well known for his inspired use of indigenous ingredients and his creative culinary ideas. So, as we were visiting our Farmers Market today I happened to find fresh striped sea bass offered by the local fish vendor, Mike Casagrande of seafoods.com. Since Chef Aaron had mentioned this dish and the bass was available I figured now would be the perfect time for me to create it.

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