Recipe courtesy of Conundrum

Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with a Compote of Salsify, Zucchini and Breen Beans in a Port Wine-Black Truffle Vinaigrette

  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Salsify-Zucchini Compote: 

1 cup salsify, peeled and bias cut 1/4-inch thick

1/2 cup cream

2 teaspoons Parmesan, grated

2 teaspoons blue cheese

1 1/2 teaspoons chives, chopped

1 teaspoon thyme leaves

1 teaspoon parsley, chopped

Salt and cracked black pepper

1/4 teaspoon truffle oil

1/2 cup zucchini slices, bias cut

1/2 cup carrot slices, bias cut

Port Wine Sauce:

8 ounces port wine

4 ounces veal demi-glace

2 thyme sprigs

5 peppercorns

2 tablespoons shallots, chopped

Port Wine Vinaigrette:

4 ounces port wine sauce

1 teaspoon sherry vinegar

2 thyme sprigs

5 peppercorns

Sea Bass: 

4 pieces chilean sea bass

Pancetta slices, for wrapping the bass 

2 ounces olive oil 

1 cup haricots verts, blanched 

1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced 

1 tablespoon shallots, diced 

1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves 

1/2 teaspoon black truffles, diced 

Chervil sprig for garnish

Directions

  1. For the compote: Stew the salsify in the cream until tender and the cream has reduced. Add the cheese, herbs and seasonings. Cook for 3 minutes, then remove from the heat and spread out on a pan to cool.
  2. Saute the carrots and the zucchini slices separately until just tender, adding a little broth or water to moisten the saute. Season lightly to taste. Remove from heat and spread out on a pan to cool.
  3. Once ingredients are cooled, combine them and keep refrigerated if making more than a couple hours in advance.
  4. For the sauce: Combine all the ingredients and reduce to a light syrup consistency, then strain through a chinois.
  5. For the vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients and reduce to a light syrup consistency.
  6. For the sea bass: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Reheat the port wine vinaigrette and set aside.
  7. Wrap the bass with pancetta. Heat a saute pan over medium high heat and saute the sea bass portions in about 2 ounces of olive oil until golden brown on both sides. Drain the excess oil and finish cooking in the oven until cooked nearly through, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, saute the green beans and mushrooms with the shallots, thyme and black truffles moistening the saute with a small amount of broth to finish. Reheat the Salsify-Zucchini Compote while doing the beans.
  8. Place equal amounts of the compote on four plates, then place equal amounts of green bean and mushroom saute next to the compote. Place a piece of the sea bass directly on top of the vegetables, and spoon a small amount of the sauce around the plate. Add droplets of black truffle oil to the sauce around the plate. Garnish with chervil sprig. Serve with port wine vinaigrette.
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