Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus

  2. 1/2 cup

  3. Juice of 1/2 lemon

  4. 1/2 cup polenta or corn meal , for dredging

  5. 4 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

  6. 4 boneless fillets of pompano, or sole or trout

  7. 1 medium vine-ripened tomato

  8. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  9. 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained

  10. 2 cups Spicy Peppers Vinaigrette , recipe follows

  11. 1/2 pound chicory salad, washed and spun dry


  13. Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali

  14. 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil

  15. 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

  16. 1 clove garlic , whole

  17. 4 Italian frying peppers (banana shaped), whole

  18. 2 sweet red bell peppers , cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch strips

  19. 2 sweet yellow peppers, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch strips

  20. 2 large jalapeno peppers, cored, seeded and julienned

  21. 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  22. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram leaves

  23. 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  24. Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss clean chicory with 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Divide among 4 plates, placing mixture in center of each. In a 10-inch to 12-inch saute pan, heat 4 tablespoons virgin oil until smoking. Meanwhile, dredge pompano fillet and sprinkle with black pepper. Carefully place crusted Pompano in saute pan and cook until golden brown (about 3 minutes per side). Meanwhile, roughly chop tomato and put into blender with balsamic, capers and remaining half cup extra virgin olive oil. Blend until smooth.

  2. Remove pompano fillets and place one on each plate over chicory. Arrange peppers vinaigrette around on plate and drizzle with tomato oil and serve immediately.

  3. In a 10-inch to 12-inch saute pan over a medium high flame, heat virgin olive oil until smoking. Add onion and garlic clove until softened (about 4 to 5 minutes). Add all the peppers and, shaking regularly, cook until quite soft yet still retaining individual texture (about 10 to 12 minutes). Remove from heat to large mixing bowl and allow to cool.

  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, marjoram and extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Pour this blend over cooled pepper mixture and toss gently with hands, being careful not to break up the peppers. Set aside for later use or serve as antipasto .

  5. Yield: 4 servings as antipasto


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