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Bacon Wrapped Monkfish Served Peasant Style

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  • 4 Monkfish tails -; (8 oz ea)
  • Emeril's Essence; see * Note
  • 12 sl Raw bacon
  • 2 sl Eggplant -; (ea 1" thk lengthwise)
  • 2 sl Yellow squash -; (ea 1" thk lengthwise)
  • 2 sl Zucchini -; (ea 1" thk lengthwise)
  • Olive oil; for drizzling
  • 1/2 c Minced onions
  • 2 tb Minced shallots
  • 1 tb Minced garlic
  • Salt; to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper; to taste
  • 1/4 c Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 c Pitted black olives; halved
  • 1/2 c Queen stuffed olives; halved
  • 1 c Peeled; seeded, chopped Roma tomatoes
  • 2 c Veal stock
  • 2 tb Chiffonade-cut basil
  • 1/4 c Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 4 Parsnips; peeled, and cut into thin strips
  • 2 c Hot parsnip puree
  • 1 c Hot mashed potatoes


* Note: See the "Emeril's Essence Information" recipe which is included in this collection.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Preheat the fryer.
Season the monkfish with Emeril's Essence. Wrap three pieces of the bacon tightly around each piece of monkfish. In a large oven-proof saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the wrapped monkfish and sear the fish for 2 minutes on the first side. Flip the monkfish over and place the pan in the oven and roast for 6 to 8 minutes.
Season the sliced vegetables with olive oil and Essence. Place the vegetables on the grill and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Remove the vegetables from the grill and dice. In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and saute for 1 minute. Add the diced vegetables, shallots and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Stir in the balsamic and simmer for 1 minute. Stir in the olives, tomatoes and stock. Bring the liquid to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Reseason if needed. Stir in the butter and remove from the heat.
Place the parsnip strips in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent the parsnips from sticking. Remove the parsnips from the oil and drain on a paper-lined plate. Season the parsnips with salt and pepper.
Combine the parsnip puree and mashed potatoes together. Mix well.
To serve, spoon some of the parsnip-mash potatoes in the center of each plate. Lay each piece of monkfish directly on top of the potatoes. Spoon the sauce over the fish. Garnish each plate with a pile of fried parsnips, basil and cheese.
Recipe Source: EMERIL LIVE with Emeril Lagasse From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # EM-1A82 broadcast 12-03-1997) Downloaded from their Web-Site -
Formatted for MasterCook by Joe Comiskey, aka MR MAD - ~or-
Recipe by: Emeril Lagasse