Bass Agrodolce with Spaghetti Squash and Mushrooms
- 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 or 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 head garlic, peeled
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 12 ounces mixed mushrooms (shiitake, chanterelle and/or oyster), cut into pieces if large
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 4 6 -ounce striped bass fillets, pin bones removed
Preheat the oven to 375. Make the agrodolce sauce: Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil, the rosemary, whole garlic cloves and pepper flakes in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the garlic is tender, 8 minutes. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the garlic oil. Add the vinegar and sugar to the pan; simmer over medium-low heat until syrupy and caramelized, 5 minutes.
Halve the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds. Brush the cut sides with the reserved garlic oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut-side up in a baking dish and roast until tender, 1 hour. Reduce the oven to 200. Hold the squash with a towel; using a fork, pull off flesh in strands and place in the baking dish. Season with salt and pepper, cover with foil and keep warm in the oven.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and cook, stirring, until browned, 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet; add the tomatoes and toss until they blister. Add 1 tablespoon of the agrodolce sauce and a splash of water; cover and cook until the tomatoes burst, 5 minutes. Return the mushrooms to the pan and warm through.
Meanwhile, bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper, then place in a bamboo or collapsible steamer over the water; cover and steam until almost cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep covered to finish cooking, 2 to 4 minutes.
Place a fish fillet on each of 4 plates; add the squash, mushrooms and tomatoes. Drizzle with the agrodolce sauce. Serve with extra sauce and the caramelized garlic.
Photograph by Sang An
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine
Recipe courtesy of Dave Lieberman