Pecan Crusted Trigger Fish with a Roasted Pecan Vegetable Relish, Meuniere Sauce and a Pile of Shoestring Potatoes

Total Time:
40 min
10 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 2 (1-inch) slices zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 (1-inch) slices yellow squash, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 (1-inch) slices of eggplant, sliced lengthwise
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups roasted pecan pieces
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 3/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 whole lemons, skin and pith removed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 pound butter, cubed and cold
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Creole seasoning, recipe follows
  • 4 (6-8 ounces) Trigger Fish fillets, dressed
  • 2 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into shoestrings
  • Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Preheat the fryer. Season the vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the vegetables on a roasting pan and roast for 10 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the oven and cool completely. Medium dice the vegetables and set aside. In a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Saute the roasted vegetables, 1 1/2 cups of the pecans, and garlic for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the green onions and keep warm. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the Worcestershire sauce, lemons and bay leaves. Bring the liquid up to a simmer and cook until it reduces by two-thirds, about 4 minutes. Whisk in the butter, 1 cube at a time, until all of the butter is incorporated. The sauce should be thick and coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve. Keep the sauce warm. In a food processor, combine the remaining 1 1/2 cups of the pecans, breadcrumbs, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Process until fully incorporated. Remove and season with Creole seasoning. Season the fillets with the Creole seasoning. In a large, ovenproof saute pan, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the fillets, pretty side down first. Saute the fillets for 4 minutes on the first side and carefully flip over. Cover the top of each fillet with a quarter of the pecan crust. Place in the oven and cook for 5 minutes. Fry the potatoes until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the potatoes and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon the sauce in the center and around the rim of each plate. Mound the shoestrings in the center of each plate. Place 3 piles of the relish around the shoestrings of each plate. Gently lay each fillet on the pile of shoestring potatoes. Garnish with parsley.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Yield: 2/3 cup

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