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Julia Child’s Beurre Blanc

Butter is essentially a smooth mixture of fat and water. The secret to making beurre blanc is to preserve its makeup by allowing each addition of butter to melt smoothly into the sauce, as you whisk it, before adding the next piece of butter. Also, never let the sauce come to a boil once the butter is added; that will cause it to separate. Some restaurant cooks add a little heavy cream to the wine reduction before whisking in the butter, to ensure a smooth and stable sauce, this is a new tip for me, as I researched to make this sauce I found that out.

You can serve this sauce with fish, poultry or vegetables.  Try Fork Crushed Purple Potatoes, a recipe shared with us by Edith Paiz from EPI Catering as a side dish for a beautiful meal.

Helga

Beurre Blanc Sauce

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Fish Fillet with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Following up on our collection of fish recipes for lent, we have this amazing recipe we hope you will try.   I do recommend you try the variation as described at the bottom of the recipe. This includes cream and wine….you’ll want to taste it!

Pair this with rice and some asparagus on the side.  You can find our recipe for asparagus with balsamic vinegar here.

I guarantee this will become one of your favorite fish recipes.

Fish Fillet with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Fish Fillet with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Serves 4
Recipe adapted from Karista’s Kitchen

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs seasonal fresh white fish
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cloves garlic, smashed and lightly chopped
2 tablespoons diced shallots
1 lemon, zested and juiced
3 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh thyme
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Procedure:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
  2. Mix together tomatoes, garlic, shallots, 1 tablespoon thyme, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.  Toss with a drizzle of olive oil until lightly coated and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the tomato mixture into a baking dish or foil lined cookie sheet and roast for about 10 minutes until the tomatoes are wilted and slightly toasty.  Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. Drizzle the fish with a bit of lemon juice and olive oil, and then sprinkle with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.  Roast the fish until opaque in the center and flaky.  Fish roasting times vary according to thickness.  Start with 5-8 minutes and then check for doneness.  If it isn’t done, let it continue roasting, checking every couple of minutes.
  5. Once the fish is done, transfer to a platter.  Mix the tomatoes with lemon zest and remaining fresh thyme.  Top the fish with the tomatoes and herbs and serve immediately.

As a variation, and what you see in our photograph:
Transfer the tomato mixture into a small pot and add about 1/2 cup of cream and 1/4 cup white wine.  Add the lemon zest and the remaining thyme. Season with salt and pepper and let it simmer for a few minutes, just until heated through.  Top fish with this sauce.

Fish Fillet with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Fish Fillet with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Fish Fillet with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Wine & Chocolate: What to pair

Wine and chocolate paired together? They’re natural companions. Both have complex flavors and notes, both have similar components and nuances in common. A wine and chocolate pairing follows the same kind of process as a wine or chocolate tasting, except you taste both together.

Pair lighter chocolates with lighter wines; darker chocolates with full-bodied wines.

Pairings for Dark, Bittersweet and Semisweet chocolate:

•Zinfandel
•Syrah
•Tawny Port
•Armagnac
•Cognac

If you’re looking to pair up Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or Sangiovese reds, they need to be well-aged to suitably pair with darker chocolates.

Pairings for Milk Chocolate:

•Merlot
•Riesling
•Sauvignon Blanc
•Dessert wines

More Pairings

Pairing chocolate with fruit is a natural. Some experts prefer chocolate and beer combinations to chocolate and wine. In Europe, bread and chocolate are common companions. Chocolate and coffee are meant to be together, while chocolate and tea are an unlikely match that some experts swear by.

Excerpt from our Chocolate article.