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Grilled Swordfish with White Bean Relish and Potato Skordalia


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Source: "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993



1 recipe Potato Skordalia, recipe follows
4 (6-ounce) swordfish fillets
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Essence, for seasoning fish, recipe follows
3 cups cooked white beans
1/4 cup finely chopped red onions
1 small red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, and diced
3/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Lemon wedges, for garnish
Cilantro sprigs, for garnish


Potato Skordalia:
1 pound boiling (such as red bliss) potatoes, halved with the skin on
5 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons good-quality red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 to 1 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning
(also referred to as Bayou Blast):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup



repare Potato Skordalia, cover, and set aside until ready to serve.
Preheat a grill to medium-high. Brush the swordfish fillets with the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Season both sides with Essence. When the grill is hot grill the fish until medium, about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Remove from the grill and cover to keep warm.

Combine the white beans with red onions, roasted red peppers, lemon zest, cilantro, parsley, extra-virgin olive oil, and remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Adjust seasonings with the salt and pepper, and toss well.


To serve place a grilled fillet on each of 4 dinner plates. Top each with the white bean relish and desired amount of the Potato Skordalia. Garnish with lemon wedges and cilantro sprigs.

Potato Skordalia

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain well and cool. Peel the potatoes, discarding the skins. Push them through a ricer into a medium bowl and set aside.

Pound the garlic with the salt in a mortar and pestle until smooth. Add the garlic mixture to the potatoes and stir well. Gradually add the vinegar, lemon juice, and the oil, pounding or stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Adjust seasonings with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Add more oil if desired.


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