Sea Bass in Artichoke Stew, and Tequila served with Ricotta Tortita

Recipe courtesy Thierry Blouet, Cafe des Artistes, Mexico
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 12 min
Prep: 35 min
Inactive Prep: 12 min
Cook: 25 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Difficult

ingredients

SEA BASS:
CHEESE TORTITA:
  • 3 ounces mashed potatoes
  • 8 ounces ricotta
  • 2 ounces butter, softened
  • 3 egg yolks
ARTICHOKE STEW:
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 fresh artichoke hearts, sliced lengthwise
  • 4 carrots, sliced lengthwise
  • 10 shallots, peeled and julienned
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 Hoja Santa pepperleaf, chiffonaded (substitute 1 teaspoon fennel fronds or seeds and 5 black peppercorns, ground and mashed), plus 1 Hoja Santa pepperleaf, chiffonaded (substitute the leaves from 1 sprig tarragon), for garnish
GARNISH:
  • 4 dried corn leaves
  • 4 fried tomato skins
  • 4 miniature corn
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    Directions

    Mix the miso paste with the water and add the honey and lime juice. Marinate the fish in the mixture for 12 hours, in the refrigerator.

    About an hour before cooking the fish, make the tortitas. In a large mixing bowl, and combine the potato, ricotta, softened butter, egg yolks, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Slowly add the flour, 1 spoonful at a time, while mixing all of the ingredients until a dough is formed. Roll the dough out flat, and cut out circles using a 4-inch round cookie cutter. When you are ready to saute, heat a skillet and saute the circles some clarified butter until golden brown.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a large pan heat the olive oil and saute the artichoke, carrots, shallots, bay leaves, thyme, and the pepperleaf. When tender, flambe with the tequila. Then add the white wine and cover with water. Simmer slowly until vegetables are almost cooked, about 15 minutes.

    Add the fish into the pot on top of the artichokes, cover, and cook for 10 minutes in the oven. Once the fish has been cooked, drain the juice from the pan, into a small saucepan, and reduce by half. Keep the fish and vegetables warm. Add the cream to the reduced sauce, and reduce again until the mixture thickly coats the back of a spoon. Add the butter at the end.

    To serve, place 1/4 of the pepperleaf chiffonade on the bottom of a plate. Add the artichoke stew in the center of a platter, add the fish on top, place a tortita on the side, and add the sauce around the plate. Garnish with the corn leaves, fried tomato skins, and miniature corn.

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