Crispy Pan Seared Florida Snapper: With a sharp knife make small slices in the skin of the fish, making a crosshatching pattern. Pat completely dry with paper towels. Keep refrigerated until time to cook. Preheat a large saute pan on medium-high heat. Lightly dust the skin side of the fish with cornstarch and season lightly with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Add enough oil to the hot pan to coat the bottom. Carefully lay the fish in the pan skin side down. Cook for several minutes, on both sides until skin is crispy and fish is just done. Cooking time will vary. Keep fish skin side up and transfer to a platter.
Florida Passion Fruit Cream: Place passion fruit, mirin and ginger in heavy medium sized saucepan. Boil until reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 6 minutes. Add wine and boil until reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 6 minutes. Add cream and coconut milk, bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer sauce until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Stir in curry paste. Season sauce, to taste, with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Strain through a fine mesh sieve or strainer lined with cheesecloth.
Florida Citrus and Shaved Fennel Salad: Whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking, until emulsified. Cut peel, including all white pith, from oranges and grapefruit with a paring knife. Working over a bowl, cut into segments. Squeeze juice from membranes into a small bowl, then whisk 3 tablespoons juice into vinaigrette. Drain citrus segments, then add to vinaigrette. Quarter fennel bulbs lengthwise, then cut into paper-thin slices, about 1/16-inch thick, with a slicer or mandolin. Add to fruit along with fennel and toss gently to combine.
Sauteed Florida Gulf Shrimp: Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact. Pat dry with a paper towel. Add oil to hot pan, and carefully add shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Saute until pink and just done. Place cooked shrimp on plate and serve with Florida Green Mango Jam.;
Florida Spicy Green Mango Jam: Peel mangoes and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. In a small bowl, toss mangoes with vinegar, sugar, and salt. To make seasoning paste: cut gingerroot into 4 pieces. For a milder chutney, while wearing rubber gloves, remove seeds and veins from jalapeno. Add to a food processor with motor running gingerroot, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, coriander, and turmeric, 1 at a time, and puree to a paste. Heat a 4-quart heavy pot over moderately low heat until hot. Cook seasoning paste, cinnamon stick, and star anise in oil, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, or until very fragrant. Stir in mango mixture and simmer, covered, over low heat, stirring occasionally, until mangoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and star anise and cool chutney completely.
This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Justin Timineri, Tallahassee, Florida