Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Halibut w/Potato Flake Crust

Courtesy of aunt Gerry. This is an easy and very tasty dish. Using potato flakes was new to us, but it works well, gives good flavor, and they can be found in small packets with a variety of flavorings. You'll find them with the big boxes of "instant mashed potatoes." A very forgiving dish.

2 egg yolks
1 packet dehydrated potato flakes (we used garlic/provolone seasoned)
1 pinch fresh thyme leaves
4 6 ounce halibut steaks
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Beat egg yolks salt and pepper in a wide shallow bowl or glass pie dish.
Combine potato flakes with thyme and spread out on a plate.
Season filets with Salt and Pepper on one side only.
Dip the seasoned side of filet in the egg mixture (only coat one side).
Place filets, egg-side down, onto potato flakes and press down to adhere (at this point we just left the filets on the potato flake pate as we only had two)
coat bottom of skillet with Olive Oil and place filets crust-side down into pan (no need to preheat).
Turn skillet to medium high and cook on crust side for 3 minutes (crust should be golden brown).
Flip filets and cook for an additional 1 minute.
Remove pan from heat and leave filets in pan for another minute.
Meanwhile, spoon a side-dish onto each place to place the fish on top of (we rice with spinach).
Remove filets and place on top of side-dish crust-side up (the classic "stack" as we call it @ DRI).
Deglaze pan with lemon juice and drizzle over top of filets.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Swiss Chard & Grilled Tofu

Here's our simple but very tasty Tofu and Greens "Stack" (where you pile a protein on top of greens (and sometimes a starch like mashed potatoes)). The lesson from this recipe, for the non-tofu-eaters? Treat tofu like meat. Put some BBQ sauce on it, and grill it like a steak. It's not the raw, bland tofu you're used to from the salad-bar.

1 bunch Swiss Chard
2 cups sliced Mushrooms (crimini usually)
1 clove garlic
1 package firm Tofu
Iron Chef Garlic Sesame barbecue sauce (or substitute your favorite BBQ sauce)

Slice tofu across the smallest face (as you would a loaf of bread) into 3/4 inch slices. You should get about 6 slices for a regular package of tofu. Press tofu"steaks" between double layers of paper towel placing a small cutting board on top to give a small "press". Leave for 15-20 minutes. Place tofu on a plate and marinate both sides with a generous amount of BBQ sauce and let stand for 20 minutes. Prepare a grill, brush grill with olive oil to prevent sticking.

Clean Chard, removing toughest part of stems. Grab the entire bunch of chard, rolling it into a bunch and slice crosswise to make strips 1/2 -3/4 inch wide.

Grill the tofu slices over a medium flame for a few minutes on each side to get nice grill-marks. The tofu is now "rare", cooked on the surface, but still moist in the center. We love it this way, but some prefer a firmer texture, which you can get by moving the tofu away from the direct flame, covering the grill and "baking" the tofu further.

While tofu is grilling....

Saute sliced mushrooms in olive oil, adding a few grindings of salt, remove to a plate. Add garlic and a little more oil to hot pan and dump in all the chard with the water that clings to the leaves. Saute until just wilted, stir in mushrooms and heat through, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with two tofu steaks on top. For a little extra flavor, drizzle tofu with just a bit more of the BBQ sauce.