Saturday, March 29, 2008

Pan-Roasted Mahimahi with Butter and Lime (Page 311)

  • Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 -- 8pm
  • Location: Somerville, MA
  • Kitchen: Matty's Apartment
  • Fellow Chef: Matty
  • Recipe Rating: A-

This recipe was part of the Make-Seafood-While-In-Boston plan. This fish was delicious. Mahimahi is one that I don't often eat (and quite possibly had never made before), but it was lovely. The fish was first pan-fried and then roasted in the oven in the pan (a method which produces beautiful food, and inevitably some very painful burn -- this time was no exception on either count. The pan was out of the oven less than two minutes before I grabbed the handle to move it onto a burner. Ow. Very, very painful. And very, very stupid.) It was worth the burn though because the fish came out perfectly cooked. The sauce was also tasty, although a bit intense. If you poured the sauce over the fish, and then didn't try to dip the fish in the remaining sauce, it was ok. But if you like sauce, and are used to covering every bite in sauce, this is not the recipe for you. The intensity of the lime in the sauce made it difficult to eat too much of it -- it was incredibly bitter. More than that though, the sauce was just very unbalanced. A milder, subtler lime sauce would have been preferable. This recipe could be improved simply by cutting the amount of lime juice in half. That said, it was very tasty -- this is the first dish we have had in a while where we wished we had more of it. It was tasty!

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The big dinner at Chez Panisse was last night. In one word: yum! For those who want more than one word, last night's menu:

  • artichoke carpacio with parmesan and garden lettuces
  • smoked Atlantic cod chowder with celery and thyme
  • grilled duck breast with balsamic vinegar sauce, potato gnocchi with peas, fava beans, asparagus, and pancetta
  • tangerine and Meyer lemon sherbets a la norvegienne

Yum, yum, yum... It's hard to pick favorites, but the first and last courses, although simple, were really amazing. The shaved artichoke salad ("artichoke carpacio") was beautifully composed and deliciously seasoned. And the sherberts were divine. I was also wowed by the perfect little gnocchi, and the sauce for the duck... I could go on! Basically everything was great! The only not-perfect thing about the evening, was that Rach was sick and couldn't go with us! So Emilee and I went by ourselves, and although we had a great time we missed Rachel's presence! It was a very fun evening though, and Em managed to not go into labor during dinner, which was probably for the best!


Rachel said...

SO sad I missed it! And missed seeing you in CA...My only consolation: Boston this summer.

Teena said...

Yeah we missed you at dinner!!! I can't wait to see you in Boston in July though! Well have so much fun!