Get sauce-y with flavorful French style striped bass

Eric Ripert, co-owner of New York City's famed Le Bernardin restaurant, offers a unique way to use an easy, light and flavorful sauce on a main dish. To round out the meal he offers two simple sides.

Striped bass in savoy cabbage with bacon-butter sauce
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 4 ounces smoked bacon, cut in to 1/4 inch wide strips
    • 1/4 cup white wine
    • 1/2 cup chicken stock
    • 1/2 cup clam stock
    • 1 large head savoy cabbage
    • 4 (6 ounce) portions striped bass fillet
    • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up
    • Fine sea salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
    • 8 sprigs fresh chervil, optional

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Place the bacon in a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Sauté until browned, and crisp about 4 to 6 minutes. Drain the bacon onto a towel lined plate or tray and place all but 1 tablespoon into a medium-size saucepan. Add the wine to the saucepan, bring the wine to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes to burn off the alcohol. Add the chicken stock and clam stock, lower the heat slightly and simmer until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Strain the reduced stock into another clean saucepan and set aside.Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Core the cabbage and remove the very green, outer leaves and discard. Pull off 4 very nice pale green leaves from the cabbage, trim off the tough center rib and set aside to blanch. Continue peeling the rest of the leaves of cabbage, reserving the core for another use. Cut the white, center rib out of each of the cabbage leaves. Stack 2 leaves together, roll the cabbage leaves and cut the cabbage leaves into 1 inch strips. Repeat with the remaining leaves. Blanch the whole cabbage leaves in boiling water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water and set aside. Blanch the sliced cabbage in the boiling water until tender, about 1 minute; refresh under cold running water, drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Evenly season the striped bass filets on both sides with salt and white pepper. Lay out the whole leaves of blanched cabbage, making sure to overlap where needed. Season the leaves with salt and pepper. Place a piece of fish in the center of each leaf of cabbage. Wrap each filet by folding in the edges of the cabbage. Place the cabbage bundles in a roasting dish and add just enough water to barely cover the bottom. Bake the cabbage bundles until a metal skewer can be easily inserted into the fish and, when left in the fish for 5 seconds, feels hot when touched to your lip, about 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the sauce to a simmer and whisk in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until fully emulsified. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper and keep warm. Place the sliced cabbage in another saucepan and add half of the bacon sauce and the reserved crispy bacon. Warm the cabbage over medium heat until hot. Season with salt and pepper.To serve, make oval-shaped beds of cabbage in the center of 4 large plates. Place the baked fish on top of the cabbage. Spoon the sauce over the fish and around the cabbage, to cover the plates. Garnish with chervil, if desired. Serve immediately.

Roasted baby potatoes
Servings:

Serves 6

Ingredients

    • 2 pounds assorted baby potatoes, cleaned
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 sprigs thyme
    • 2 sprigs rosemary
    • 1 head garlic, cloves separated and lightly crushed
    • Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place the potatoes with olive oil, herbs, garlic in baking pan and season with salt and pepper and gently toss to coat evenly. Bake the potatoes 25-30 minutes until tender.

Heirloom tomato salad with aged sherry vinegar
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, assorted sizes, shapes and colors
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup torn basil leaves
    • 3 tablespoons aged sherry vinegar
    • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preparation

Baking Directions:

For the tomatoes: stem the cherry tomatoes and cut them in half. Core the heirloom tomatoes. Cut the smaller tomatoes in wedges. For the larger tomatoes, cut the tomatoes in half and slice into ¼ inch thick slices.Arrange the tomato slices on a large platter. Season the tomatoes with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Scatter the sliced garlic and torn basil over the tomatoes and drizzle the aged sherry vinegar and olive oil over the salad.

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