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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Wines that Pair with the Fabulous Flavors of Summer" & Recipe for Porcini Dusted Hogfish from Chef Chris Miracolo!

Chef Chris Miracolo
"Summertime, and the livin' is easy"... not to mention really hot! In keeping with the season, this month's installment of our "Savor the Summer" series at Max's Harvest featured "Wines that Pair with the Fabulous Flavors of Summer."

Summer in Florida (and most other parts of the country recently) isn't really the ideal time of year for those tannic Cabernet Sauvignons or oaky Chardonnays - especially if you are a fan of the light, refreshing flavors of Summer cuisine. In keeping with the evening's theme, we traveled around the globe sampling wines from a variety of countries perfect for enjoying during the sultry Summer months.

Our vinous lineup was once again paired with the phenomenal cuisine of Chef Chris Miracolo. Chef tailored each Summer-inspired dish to suit the nuances of each of our featured wines to create this truly mouth-watering menu: 
Stuffed Pluots with Goat Cheese, Candied Pistachio and 
Sherry-Black Pepper Bacon Marmalade
Poema, Cava Brut NV

1st Course
Bluepoint Oysters, Pickled Ramp, Grapefruit-Pink Peppercorn Mignonette
Pfaffl Grüner Veltliner "Austrian Pepper" 2009

2nd Course
Rock Shrimp & Boursin en Croute, Tarragon Butter & Micro Herb Salad
Michel Redde Sancerre "Les Tuilieres" 2012

3rd Course
Porcini Dusted Hogfish, Celery Root Puree, Blueberry-Champagne Sauce
Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Morgon 2009

4th Course
Chipotle-Pomegranate Palmetto Creek Farms Pork Shoulder Roast with 
Braised Collards & Creamed Corn Bread
Robert Oatley Shiraz Mudgee 2009

Mango Upside Down Cake with Key Lime Ice Cream & Strawberry Chips
Michele Chiarlo Moscato d'Asti "Nivole" 2010

Following dinner, guests voted for their favorite dish of the night and Chef Chris kindly agreed to share the recipe with The Glamorous Gourmet readers. The winning dish was the delightfully creative Porcini Dusted Hogfish with Celery Root Puree & Blueberry-Champagne Sauce. Everyone was blown away by the unexpected yet delicious flavor combination and how perfectly the dish paired with the Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Morgon, a light-bodied red with lovely flavor and structure. So without further ado, I'm happy to share Chef Chris's recipe with you:

The Winning Recipe: Porcini Dusted Hogfish with Blueberry-Champagne Sauce!
Porcini Dusted Hogfish with Celery Root Puree & Blueberry-Champagne Sauce
Courtesy of Chef Chris Miracolo, Max's Harvest
4-7 oz Hogfish Fillets, skin on scaled (may substitute halibut or other light white fish)
1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
1 tbl fresh chopped thyme
Kosher Salt to taste
Freshly ground Black pepper
2 fl oz grapeseed oil
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
Celery Root Puree
1 celery root, peeled and cut into 1” cubes
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground white pepper
Salt to taste
2 oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes
Blueberry-Champagne Sauce
6 ounces blueberries, rinsed and stems removed
½ cup Dry Champagne
1 Tablespoon Champagne Vinegar
Watercress for the plate
Heat oven to 325°F. Place porcini mushrooms on a baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes until fragrant. Cool to room temperature and place in a coffee/spice grinder and mill until a fine powder. With a small knife score skin in a criss-cross pattern ½ apart from each other being careful not to cut too deeply into flesh. Dust fish fillets with salt, pepper, thyme and porcini powder. Set aside.
Place celery root in a large pot of salted water and boil until soft (Approx 30 minutes). Strain and place in food processor. Puree until smooth while adding nutmeg, pepper and butter through hole on top. Set aside.
Place blueberries, vinegar and champagne in a sauce pot over medium heat and simmer  for 10 minutes. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over low-medium heat with oil and butter until butter just begins to turn brown. Place fillets in pan skin side down one at a time. Adjust heat to ensure you do not burn mushroom powder. After a few minutes turn fish over and sauté on other side. Remove fish from pan. Pour blueberry sauce into pan to deglaze.
Place 4-5 watercress sprigs on each plate, place celery root puree atop watercress, Place fish skin side up atop puree and spoon pan sauce over fish and around plate. Serves 4.

I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe and a big thanks to Chef Chris for sharing it with us! Please check out the video above for even more fun photos from the evening. We hope you can join us for the final dinner of our "Savor the Summer" series on Wednesday, August 1st featuring the exquisite Provencal rosés of Chateau d'Esclans. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 561-381-9970. Hope to see you there!


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