Wild Striped Bass with Charred Leeks and Squid Vinaigrette Recipe

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Wild Striped Bass with Charred Leeks and Squid Vinaigrette
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  1. 1. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and set up an ice bath nearby. Plunge the calamari into the boiling water and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the calamari with a slotted spoon or strainer and immediately plunge it into the ice bath. Allow it to cool for 1 minute, then drain and set aside. Blanch the leeks in the same water for 8 to 9 minutes, until just tender. Refresh in the ice bath, then cut in half lengthwise.
  2. 2. Preheat the grill or broiler. Brush the leek halves with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil the leeks, cut side toward the heat, until charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Resist the temptation to move them more than once.
  3. 3. In a 12- to 14-inch sauté pan, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil over high heat until smoking. Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper and cook, skin side down, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the flesh is crispy and moves easily without tearing.
  4. 4. While the fish cooks, combine the wine, lemon juice, and squid ink in another sauté pan and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and whisk in the mustard, then the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and add the calamari. Keep warm.
  5. 5. Turn the fish over and add the leeks to the pan. Cook the fish on the other side for 2 to 3 minutes and heat the leeks through. Place two leeks in the center of each of four warmed plates. Place one fillet atop each bed of leeks, flesh side up. Drizzle each fillet with some of the squid vinaigrette and garnish with the tentacles and lemon zest. Serve immediately.
  6. The Babbo Cookbook Published in arrangement with Clarkson Potter/Publishers
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 935.42 Kcal (3916 kJ)
Calories from fat 370.01 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41.11g 63%
Cholesterol 1210.42mg 403%
Sodium 158.51mg 7%
Potassium 607.89mg 13%
Total Carbs 25.17g 8%
Sugars 3.72g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1.82g 7%
Protein 105.6g 211%
Vitamin C 10.7mg 18%
Iron 7.6mg 42%
Calcium 243.3mg 24%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 220.9 Kcal (925 kJ)
Calories from fat 87.38 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.71g 63%
Cholesterol 285.84mg 403%
Sodium 37.43mg 7%
Potassium 143.55mg 13%
Total Carbs 5.94g 8%
Sugars 0.88g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0.43g 7%
Protein 24.94g 211%
Vitamin C 2.5mg 18%
Iron 1.8mg 42%
Calcium 57.4mg 24%

* 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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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 21.8
  • 23

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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