Monday, October 13, 2008

Wait - I Ate Here - How can that be?

America's hot new restaurant has been identified. I ate lunch here shortly after it opened. Now I want to go back. In honor of the restaurant's new honorific, here is a recipe I searched for on the Interwebs as its website does not feature any recipes. Harrumph. From Gothamist.

Mustard Dusted Skate with blood orange reduction, toasted sesame seeds
This is a relatively simple dish that you can get together in less than a half hour. Add a simple side salad, vegetable or maybe some rice or couscous and you’ll have a great meal without a lot of stress. Recipe serves two people.

Ingredient Shopping List
  • 1.5 lb of skate fillet (on the bone is a good thing, see below)
  • olive oil
  • 2 blood oranges
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • bag of toasted sesame seeds
Notes on Buying Skate
You’ll most likely get a whole skate wing for two people. You can fillet it by slicing into two pieces very easily. This is also simple to do if you buy the skate with a bone. Your knife can easily cut right through it when making the fillets. It’s actually very easy and enjoyable to eat it off the bone as well.

Make Blood Orange Sauce
With a sharp pairing knife, slice the orange in quarters. Segment about half of the whole fruit and set aside for garnish. Peel the rest of the oranges and chop into small pieces.

Add chopped oranges, juices and a few of the remaining rinds to a small pan. Add ½ cup of orange juice to pan and bring to a boil. Add one tbsp of sugar, stir and reduce on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Reduce to half its original volume. The liquid should still be viscous and loose. Strain into a small bowl with a strainer. Set aside.

Make the Skate
Slice your skate into two fillets. Dry both pieces with paper towels thoroughly. Season one side of the fillets with salt, pepper and one tablespoon of the mustard powder per fillet. Spread and cover each evenly with the seasoning. Do the same for the other side of the fish.

Add about 1 tbsp of olive oil to a non stick pan. Place heat on high. Add a small pat of butter. After about a minute when the butter begins to foam, add the skate to the pan. Brown on one side for about 2 minutes, until charred and brown but not burned. Do the same for the other side.

Put oven on broil.

Add ¼ cup of orange juice to the hot pan and turn down the heat to medium. After two minutes, take the pan off the heat and place into the oven under the broiler. Let skate broil for 3-4 minutes. Turn the oven off and put a cover on the skate, letting it rest for another two minutes.

Finish the Dish
Rough chop the remaining blood orange segments, leaving a few whole. While you wait for the skate to finish cooking, place a few tablespoon of the warm sauce on the plate. Place blood orange pieces around the plate. Take the skate out of the oven and place on top of the sauce. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the fillets. Salt and pepper the skate again. Add more of the sauce on the skate and serve immediately.

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