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Grilled Seabass with Sour Tomato Broth

10 Jan

Seabass is right up there as one of my favorite fish.  The Miso Seabass Skewers at Sushi Samba in Vegas? Yes please. (NOT the ones in New York, which, in my opinion, fade in comparison) If I remember correctly, Betelnut in San Francisco offers a similar dish which was prepared slightly different but was equally saliva-ensuing. That’s why when I came across this recipe in my New American Table cookbook, I immediately whipped out the sticky-tabs and added it to my list of dinners to make this week. A quick glance over the recipe…Sesame seeds, bass fillets, sesame oil, cilantro, kaffir lime leaves…and I was sold.

I was a tiny bit skeptical about this “Sour Tomato Broth” that he spoke of, but I decided to give it a whirl anyway and it came out as an amazingly complex + flavorful accompaniment to the fish. There’s a couple of ingredients in here that you have to get at a specialty market, most notably the Tamarind paste. However, you can make substitute the tamarind paste (as I did) by combining 1/4 cup each of chopped dried dates, dried apricots, and lemon juice and blend in a food processor until smooth.

I served this with some coconut rice + grilled dates.


Grilled Seabass with Sour Tomato Broth

From New American Table

For the Seabass


2 teaspoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

2 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon white miso

Four 5 oz bass fillets

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sour Tomato Broth

Heat a grill pan over high heat.

Toss together the sesame seeds and cilantro in a small bowl. Set aside.

Combine the olive oil, sesame oil, garlic, and miso in a small bowl. Brush the mixture on both sides of the bass. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the bass on the grill and grill for 3 minutes on each side.

Remove the bass from the grill and sprinkle the sesame seed mixture evenly on top of the fish. Serve with the sour tomato broth.

Sour Tomato Broth


4 plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise

2 tablespoons canola oil

One 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 bird’s-eye chiles, seeds and ribs removed

2 whitefish bones

3 tablespoons fish sauce

2 kaffir lime leaves

2 teaspoons tamarind paste

1 cup dry white wine

Juice of 2 limes

2 baby bok choy, cut in quarters lengthwise

2 scallions, white and light green parts, chopped


Preheat the oven to 250°.

Arrange the tomatoes on a shallow baking sheet and roast until shriveled, 50 to 60 minutes.

While the tomatoes are roasting, heat the canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the ginger, garlic, and chiles and sauté until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the fish bones, fish sauce, lime leaves, tamarind paste, and 3 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add the white wine and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Strain the liquid into another pot and add the lime juice and bok choy. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the bok choy is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the roasted tomatoes and scallions. Season with salt.


Prosciutto Flatbread

17 Dec

I’m finally back to cooking again after the Chaos that was the last two weeks. There’s no big grocery stores near us, so it looks like this year I am going to be doing a lot of shopping at Farmer’s Markets or small specialty shops, which I think will be fun! We are also going to join a CSA when June rolls around. My friend Zoe used to work at Hearty Roots and recommended that one to me (who better to trust that a trusty farmer friend!). Others I’ve been looking into are Southside CSA and Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA. Anybody who has experience with any of these, I would love to hear your feedback!

As you know, I was somewhat-recently gifted “New American Table” with recipes by Marcus Samuelsson. I love this cookbook so much. First of all, he organizes it in such a cook-friendly way, making separate sections for ‘Everyday’ and ‘Weekend’. There’s an amazing section of sauces and rubs. And I absolutely love the photographs he uses. Photos of restaurants and scenes around small towns in America and images of his family cooking various dishes give you a feeling of really being part of a great food culture and also tell the story of his personal journey. He was actually born in Ethiopia, his mother passed away from tuberculosis when he was 3 years old, and he and his older sister were adopted by a Swedish couple.  The book includes everything from comfort food and Southern cooking to new twists on Middle Eastern and Japanese. Its an amazingly eclectic collection of recipes and you can find something in there for almost any occasion. I haven’t had a failed recipe yet. Marcus Samuelsson has 3 restaurants in New York: AquavitRiingo, and Red Rooster . He was named Best Chef: New York City by the James Beard Foundation in 2003.

So the other night I flipped through his cookbook to make my grocery list for the week. And the other night, I made his Prosciutto Flatbread. This is like PIZZA times WHOA. The crust itself its shoved with spices. And the topping is a mixture of cooked and raw ingredients. Almost every time I follow a recipe, I use more of everything that adds flavor. One clove of garlic means 2-3. 2 shallots means 3. A pinch of paprika often means a large pinch, or a couple small pinches. I just generally find a lot of recipes to be on the bland side, and its better to add some extra zing with spices than to pile it with some condiment or sauce or salt and pepper later.

I never have to do that with these recipes. Marcus really knows how to make a dish that is full of flavor, and doesn’t skimp on anything. This recipe is absolutely no exception. It’s great for both dinner or cutting up into little bite-size pieces and serving as an hors d’oeuvre.

Prosciutto Flatbread

Adapted (just slightly) from New American Table


For the topping


3/4 pint mixed cherry tomatoes, sliced thinly

2 garlic cloves

4 shallots

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup olive oil

1 Flatbread recipe (see below)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lb fresh mozzarella, cut into 12 slices

5 basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup baby arugula, chopped

1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped

8 thin slices prosciutto

Preheat the oven to 400°. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, shallots, 1 teaspoons of the red pepper flakes, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a bowl. Spread the mixture over the baked flatbread. Season with salt and pepper and top with 6 slices of the mozzarella. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 10 minutes.

While the pizza is baking, toss the basil, arugula, and olives with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove the pizza from the oven. Place the remaining 6 slices of mozzarella on the baked pizza and top with the basil-arugula mixture, then the prosciutto slices.


(makes 1 flatbread)


2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed

2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup olive oil

2 large egg yolks

1 large egg

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons salt

Preheat the oven to 400°. Heat a small saute pan over low heat. Add the coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and oregano and toast until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk, olive oil, and 2 tablespoons water. Let cool slightly.

Lightly whisk the egg yolks and egg in a medium bowl. Stir in the spiced milk and set aside.

Combine the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Pour the egg mixture into the center. Using a fork or your hands, slowly gather the flour into the liquid, adding more flour as needed, until a dough forms.

Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Cover with a damp towel and let rest for another 10 minutes.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 10-inch round. Using a fork, prick holes all over the surface of the dough. If using a baking stone, place the dough directly on the stone. Otherwise, place the dough on an ungreased baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown.




Caraway Pretzels

27 Sep

I remember being very young and making homemade soft pretzels with one of my babysitters.  I thought it was the most incredible thing in the world – this may have been the point in my life that I realized that you can make anything you can find in a restaurant at home, a simple but life-changing realization. My love of soft pretzels continued throughout elementary and high school, when I would go shopping with my friends and (cringing now at how many I must have eaten) we would stop at Auntie Anne’s for a cinnamon-sugar pretzel.

While moving to New York might have increased the amount of soft pretzels I consumed due to the fact that there is a cart on every corner, it definitely turned me off of them a bit.  I think that some of those pretzels must sit for days.

Only recently has the habit of eating soft pretzels kicked up again in my life. Jason pretty much lives off of bananas and various forms of pretzels, so I have taken a couple of whacks at making them myself. Luckily, we also live around the corner from Loreley, which has some of the best soft pretzels in NYC. Of course when I went to Berlin the soft pretzels were out of control.  Going to a biergarten? You will end up eating at least 1 pretzel and 1 bratwurst. Stopping at a cafe for lunch? Sandwiches on pretzel bread.

So when I received Marcus Samuelsson’s New American Table as a gift a few weeks ago from none other than Jason himself (he admits that he may have given it to me for selfish reasons), I had to try out his recipe for Caraway pretzels.

TIP: My pretzels came out a little too hard. He says to use 4 cups of flour but I would start with 3 and slowly add more as needed. Some flours are just more dry than others.

Caraway Pretzels

From Marcus Samuelsson “New American Table”


1 tablespoon active dry yeast

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon sea salt

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 large egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash

2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup Caraway seeds

In a large bowl, (or an electric mixer with the paddle attachment if you have one) combine the yeast, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the 2 1/2 teaspoons salt and the flour and mix until a dough forms. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and leave overnight at room temperature to rise. *The more warm and moist the environment, the faster it will rise.

On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough evenly into 12 pieces. Roll out each piece into an 8-inch long rope and then shape into a pretzel. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let sit in a warm place to rise again, about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Combine 4 cups water with the baking soda in a large pot and bring to a boil. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding, drop the pretzels in the water for 20 seconds each. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to another parchment-lined baking sheet.

Brush the pretzels with the egg wash and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese, caraway seeds, and the 1 tablespoon sea salt. Place in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.