Inspiration for tonight's dinner: Eric Ripert comes to dinner! Well, sort of. More like a really pretty composed salad of silky avocados and caramelized carrots followed by a perfectly cooked piece of fish (it's all about what fish you buy -- this is a moment to really buy the very best!). It comes together with little time or effort, and it is one graceful weeknight dinner.
You may not actually be at Le Bernardin (or ABC Kitchen, the inspiration for the salad), but it's possible that the loveliness of this meal will make you feel that you are. If this is the case, and you find yourself popping a bottle of Champagne on a weeknight, well what can I say? My work here is done.
Four 6-ounce fish filets (for example salmon or stiped bass) Wondra flour 2 pounds carrots Fresh thyme 1 orange 1 avocado 2 cups sprouts or mixed greens of some kind 4 tablespoons creme fraiche 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
We assume you have pepper, salt, olive oil, lemons, red wine vinegar, pepper flakes, cumin and sugar. If not, you will need that all of that too, so stock up! They're all pretty handy to have around.
1. Begin by dealing with the carrots, which simply need a little peeling and roasting. This is by far the most busy-work moment of preparing the meal, so get it out of the way first! Mix up the dressing and set it aside. Relax for 20 minutes or so while the carrots cool.
2. After the carrots are out of the oven, (bait and) tackle the fish! Just sprinkle with Wondra, salt, and pepper, then sear, flip, and slide in the oven. You can use the fact that your oven is already on and hot from roasting the carrots to help with this.
3. Assemble the salads. Plate prettily, and enjoy! An Eric-Ripert-worthy meal on the table in under an hour (and for less than $14 gazillion!).
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
I love Champagne and cheese and potato chips. In fact, that would be the most dreamtastic dinner. I have two cats and I am a proud Portlander-by-birth currently residing on Manhattan's rich and wonderful Lower East Side in a closet that has no closets. In May I finished up a masters degree in Food Studies at NYU and now I am trying to figure out exactly why I did that and what that all means. It is very fun and scary but mostly fun. I like to cook and I love to bake.