Grilled Yogurt and Pesto-Marinated Swordfish with Shaved Artichoke and Olive Salad and Herbed Orzo with Dry Vella (Emeril Lagasse) Recipe

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Grilled Yogurt and Pesto-Marinated Swordfish with Shaved Artichoke and Olive Salad and Herbed Orzo with Dry Vella (Emeril Lagasse)
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  1. Lightly season the fish with Essence.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the yogurt and 1/2 cup of the pesto. Add the fish and marinate for 1 hour. In a decorative bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup yogurt and pesto to make a dipping sauce.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. If using wooden skewers, soak in water in a shallow container for 20 minutes.
  4. Thread the fish and tomatoes onto wooden or metal skewers. Grill until the fish is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. To serve, arrange the skewers over the Herbed Orzo and serve the Shaved Artichoke and Olive Salad on the side. Garnish with the basil and pass the yogurt-pesto sauce tableside.
  6. Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  7. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
  8. Yield: about 2/3 cup
  9. Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking , by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
  10. Shaved Artichoke and Olive Salad:
  11. Slice the artichokes paper-thin using a mechanical slicer, such as a mandoline. Place in a glass bowl and toss with the lemon juice, olives, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil. Let sit for 15 minutes. Serve.
  12. Herbed Orzo with Dry Vella Cheese:
  13. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the garlic and orzo and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Drain well.
  14. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the butter until melted. Add the cheese, green onions, cucumbers, pine nuts, mint, basil, and lemon juice, and toss to combine. Add salt, to taste.
  15. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1126.09 Kcal (4715 kJ)
Calories from fat 837.15 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 93.02g 143%
Cholesterol 129.39mg 43%
Sodium 5581.95mg 233%
Potassium 1463.86mg 31%
Total Carbs 44.08g 15%
Sugars 9.31g 37%
Dietary Fiber 17.65g 71%
Protein 49.02g 98%
Vitamin C 44.7mg 74%
Vitamin A 1mg 33%
Iron 173.6mg 964%
Calcium 469.4mg 47%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 166.31 Kcal (696 kJ)
Calories from fat 123.64 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.74g 143%
Cholesterol 19.11mg 43%
Sodium 824.39mg 233%
Potassium 216.2mg 31%
Total Carbs 6.51g 15%
Sugars 1.37g 37%
Dietary Fiber 2.61g 71%
Protein 7.24g 98%
Vitamin C 6.6mg 74%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 33%
Iron 25.6mg 964%
Calcium 69.3mg 47%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 29.5
  • 32

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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