I realize that we eat an awful lot of seafood in my house and possibly I should concern myself with the Jeremy Piven effect of all of that, but I won't succumb to fish paranoia.
This recipe is based on the Zuni Cafe recipe:
4 pieces of Sea Bass, roughly 6 ounces
3/4 pound, Yellow Potatoes, preferably Bintje or German Butterballs, cut into chunks.
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced leeks (include a bit of the green part)
A few springs of fresh thyme
1 1/4 cups Chicken broth
A splash of dry white vermouth
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced and chilled
A bit of champagne vinegar
As with every Zuni recipe, salting the fish is considered extremely important and should take place a few hours in advance.
You will want to preheat the broiler in order to cook the fish.
For everything else, you will want to do the following:
1. Boil the potatoes in a salted water. Cook the potatoes until quite tender.
2. Drain the potatoes well and place them in a large ovenproof skillet. Add the leeks, thyme, and about 1 cup of the chicken broth, and a splash of vermouth. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
3. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter, and swirl until it melts. Taste for salt.
4. Reduce the heat to low and add the fish. This recipe indicates you should swirl and tilt the pan to baste the surface of the fish with the buttery broth. Also, the liquid level should rise with the fish juices, if it doesn't add more chicken stock.
5. Place the pan under the broiler, making sure there is not a speck of leeks on the sides of the pans or on top of the fish.
6. Broil 5-6 minutes. Cook at 500 degrees for 1-5 more minutes.
7. Remove the fish and set aside (out of drafts and not stacked) to rest.
8. Swirl the pan gently over medium heat to encourage the potatoes thicken the sauce as it simmers. Taste. Add the remaining butter and adjust the salt. Drain any fish juices from the resting fish into the pan.
9. If the sauce seems flat, add more vermouth or vinegar. DO NOT ADD LEMON.
Again, do not add lemon. It reads that it will overwhelm the dish.
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