Sardine Escabeche with Endive, Garlic Croutons, Artichoke Chips and Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy Cory Vitiello
Show: Pop Up Gourmet Episode: Pop Up Gourmet
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 50 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

SARDINES:
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1 small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
    ROASTED TOMATO VINAIGRETTE:
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 sprig fresh basil, roughly chopped
    • 2 heads blonde frisee, tender leaves only
    • 2 heads Belgian endive, quartered lengthwise and cored, and then each quarter halved to create long, thin pieces
    • Garlic Croutons, for serving, recipe follows
    • Artichoke Chips, for serving, recipe follows
    GARLIC CROUTONS:
    • 5 ounces olive oil
    • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 day-old sourdough loaf
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
    ARTICHOKE CHIPS:
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
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    Directions

    For the sardines: Heat 2 1/2 ounces of the olive oil in a saute pan until hot. Dust the sardines in the flour, and then fry in the oil, 1 minute per side. Transfer to a shallow dish and wipe out the saute pan.

    Mix together the vinegar, salt, garlic, chiles, bay leaf, onions, rosemary, thyme and orange zest in a small bowl. Transfer to the pan used to fry the sardines, bring to a boil, and then let simmer, about 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley and remaining olive oil, and then pour the hot marinade over the sardines. Let marinate 1 hour.

    For the roasted tomato vinaigrette: Place a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the garlic and shallots in the olive oil until very lightly browned. Stir in the tomatoes and continue to cook until they burst, giving off their juices. Whisk in the vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and basil and remove from the heat.

    For assembly: Quickly dip the frisee in ice water for a moment to refresh the leaves, and then dry on a paper towel. Build the salad up with the endive and frisee, tucking the sardines and Garlic Croutons in and around the plate. Spoon the warm vinaigrette over and around the salad, and finish with the Artichoke Chips on top.

    This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and cook the garlic until light brown and giving off a toasty aroma. Let cool, and then strain the oil. Tear the sourdough into rough, 3/4-inch pieces and toss with the garlic oil. Season the croutons with the salt and pepper, adding more if needed, and lay on a baking sheet. Bake about 6 minutes, and then sprinkle the croutons evenly with the Parmesan before returning to the oven until golden brown, 5 minutes longer.
    Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a large saucepan, making sure to leave about 2 inches from the top. Slice the artichoke into paper-thin slices using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, and then fry until evenly golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel and sprinkle with the salt.
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