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Recipe courtesy of Osteria Mazzantini

Gulf Red Snapper with Acorn Squash, Savoy Cabbage and Creamy Squash Sauce

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Active: 1 hr 45 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Ingredients

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds:

2 cups pumpkin seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 

Squash Sauce:

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, diced

6 fresh sage leaves

3 cloves garlic, sliced 

2 1/2 pounds acorn squash, halved, seeds removed, peeled and diced 

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 quart chicken stock, or as needed 

Fish and Vegetables:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

One 8-ounce skin-on red snapper fillet, scored 

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

2 ounces peeled, seeded acorn squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and blanched 

2 ounces savoy cabbage, cut into 1/2-inch squares and blanched 

1/4 ounce pea shoots 

1 drizzle pumpkin seed oil 

Directions

  1. For the spiced pumpkin seeds: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the pumpkin seeds with the oil and spread on a baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning the seeds halfway through the cooking time. Remove the seeds from the oven and toss with the salt, garlic powder and paprika. Cool and store in an airtight container.
  2. For the squash sauce: Heat 8 tablespoons of the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. When the foaming subsides, add the sage leaves and garlic. Cook until the sage is crisp, the garlic is lightly colored and the butter has a light-brown color and nutty aroma. Add the squash and toss to coat in the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in enough broth to barely cover the squash and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and cook until the squash is soft enough to crush with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes. Working in batches if necessary, transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth with the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Season with salt and pepper and strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve.
  3. For the fish and vegetables: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet. Season the flesh side of the snapper with salt and pepper. Once oil is hot, add the fish skin side down to the skillet and cook until the skin is golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Turn the fish over and finish cooking on the other side. Cover and keep warm.
  4. In another skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter; once the foaming has subsided, add the squash and cabbage and cook until tender and heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Reheat 3 ounces of the squash sauce; when very hot, remove from the heat and swirl in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter. Place the sauce in the bottom of a bowl, add the squash and cabbage and top with the fish. Combine the pea shoots, 1 teaspoon of the spiced pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil in a bowl and use it to garnish the dish.

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