Monday, February 28, 2011

Chilean Sea Bass on Bed of Roasted Potatoes, Chorizo, Fennel, Onion and Tomato - Plate to Impress!


Here's an impressive meal to serve the next time you have dinner guests - assuming Chilean Sea Bass is south of $40 a pound!

Really any seafood would do...I imagine it would be equally delicious with the likes of halibut, salmon or shrimp.


What I love about the dish is how beautiful it looks when all plated up, yet couldn't be easier to make!

The chorizo in the recipe allows you to go a little lighter on the fish portion (something you'll appreciate while standing in the seafood store reading sticker prices so high begin formulating ways you'll remortgage your house!)


It's how I know I'm a woman obsessed with food and not shoes...I passed a COACH, a MACY'S and an Ann Taylor Loft...all before arriving upon my final destination...a small boutique seafood store with first rate fish at exorbitant prices! Nevertheless...I was a kid in a candy store!

The fussiest thing you'll have to do is make this aluminum foil ring (about 5-6 inches in diameter)...


After you remove the ring you will have created this tidy little bed for your fish...


Just add some fresh herbs of your choice....


Then place your seafood on top! Voila!  Beautiful presentation and over the top delicious!


Chilean Sea Bass on Bed of Roasted Potatoes, Chorizo, Fennel, Onion and Tomato

1-2 fennel bulbs, top stalks removed and discarded, the rest trimmed into one inch pieces
1 large red onion, cut into one inch pieces
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, left whole
4 chorizo sausage links, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
10-12 tri-colored fingerling potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (regular potatoes are fine too)
Olive oil for roasting
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. of your favorite fish, cooked perfectly!


In a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil, toss fennel, red onion and cherry tomatoes with a few tablespoons olive oil and roast in a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

If there's room in the oven, in a separate pan also lined with aluminum foil, toss your potatoes and chorizo with just a touch a olive oil and also roast for 20-25 minutes.

The roasting can all be done ahead of time and reheated before plating - simple!

When you're ready to plate, place the aluminum ring in the center of the dish.

Place a steady layer of potatoes and chorizo at the base of the ring.

Next, pile your roasted vegetables on top.

Carefully remove ring.

Top with fresh herbs and then your favorite fish!


Sanura @ said...

With a meal that this, there's no need to go out for dinner and money is saved. I like the aluminum foil idea. It's a lovely plate.

Clint said...

This is beautifully done. Very impressive. I love sea bass!

Heather said...

Lovely! I was referred to your blog via a tweet from LA Times Food and I'm so impressed with your fancy dishes and beautiful pictures!

Mary Bergfeld said...

It really is a meal to impress. It is gorgeous to look at and sounds delicious. I love the ingredients that have been combined here. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Katerina said...

It is really impressive and all these vegetables match perfect with the fish!

Marc van der Wouw said...

Sea bass is good...looks very tasty..nice picture's too..;-)

Lea Ann said...

This most certainly is an impressive dish, and especially with that Sea Bass. Love the little tin foil cage to form those veggies.

Unknown said...

Thanks everyone, I love reading all of your comments! My husband told me this was one of the best meals he has ever eaten - now he LOVES Chilean Sea Bass but it was super, super delicious!!!!

My mom told me I should have explained HOW I cooked the fish - a post to come :) thanks MOM! XOXO

chow and chatter said...

wow first class you need to open a restaurant pls cook for me!

laurie said...

WOW. This looks incredible!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

Hard to come by, my fav fish, love this dish, and you perfected it for sure!

Courtney said...

Well look at this fancy shmancy plated meal. Absolutely stunning!!

Anonymous said...

Now that is a beautiful dish and definitely impressive. You are my hero! :)

Angie @ cocina Diary

Unknown said...

When shall I be over! What a great dish to serve, restaurant quality

Nuts about food said...

What a beautiful presentation for an amazingly tasty combination of flavors. Will have to copy this one...I just happen to have some 'nduja in the house...spicy sausage from Calabria.

Unknown said...

The presentation is absolutely beautiful. I've been to 5 star restaurants that didn't serve plates that lovely!! And let's not forget how it sounds....DELICIOUS!!

Simply Life said...

you're right - this definitely is very impressive! wow!

Magic of Spice said...

Just fantastic, everything from recipe to presentation!
Love it all :)

Chefs Resources said...

Beautiful presentation! Very nicely done.

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