junk food challenge: pairing 2 fresh fish, with corn nuts?

sauteed dover sole wondra

sautéed fresh dover sole
grape tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes, corn nuts
basil garnish

pan seared swordfish
pan seared fresh local swordfish
cherry tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes, corn nuts
parsley garnish

★★★★★

the junk food challenge

corn nuts
a snack food made of deep fried corn kernels

“Let’s have some fun this month with something a little different – Junk Food!   Take your favorite Junk Food, something you are addicted to, for example chips or fries, and use it in a gourmet dish!   Note it is not a makeover of junk food, you must use the junk food item in your 5 star creation.”

The 5 Star Makeover Cooking Group hosted by Natasha the 5 Star Foodie & Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! is an outstanding monthly event for sharing ideas and creating gourmet makeovers of selected classic dishes or flavor combinations.

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Swordfish, 2 Easy Exotic Marinades


Fresh Pacific Swordfish with Chinese Fermented Black Bean Garlic Marinade


Fresh Pacific Swordfish with North African Harissa Marinade

For a fresh twist, pair your common fish with uncommon flavors!

Try these two piquant marinades – from a jar and a tube!

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Braised Swordfish, White Beans


Fresh Pacific Swordfish
Braised in Tomato Jalapeño Caper Sauce
Over Cannellini Drizzled with Olive Oil
Chervil Garnish

A recipe in the January issue of Food & Wine caught my eye. They made theirs with penne pasta and flaked the swordfish. Here I serve the intact filet over white beans. The swordfish is braised in a zesty tomato sauce with anchovy, garlic, jalapeño, capers and white wine.

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Stuffed Swordfish, Arugula Pistachio Salad

Fresh Pacific Swordfish
Smoked Paprika Breadcrumb Crust
Sausage, Chestnut, Pistachio Stuffing
Wild Arugula Salad with Pistachios
Sherry Vinaigrette

We used the same stuffing that filled our pork roast roulade, pictured above, which we made a couple weeks ago (here). It was terrific with pork and equally delicious with swordfish.