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3-4 servings

Ingredients

12-ounce sustainable, wild-caught swordfish or tuna fillet, 1 inch thick
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 celery rib, finely chopped
28 oz container Italian tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
½ teaspoon dried red chile flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
Aromatics, to taste (bay leaves, thyme, rosemary)
10 black olives, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
8 oz short pasta

Directions

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until lightly browned and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add anchovies and cook, stirring with the back of a spoon, about 1 minute. Add capers, celery, and olives; cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and herbs of choice and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add salt and drizzle with oil; return to a boil. Add pasta, stirring, until water returns to a boil. Cook until al dente, according to package directions. Drain the pasta in a colander and set aside.
Pour the sauce into the empty pasta pot and keep warm

Slice the swordfish into two ½-inch thick slices. Cut each into 1-inch cubes.
Heat the remaining olive oil in the empty skillet. Add the swordfish and season with salt and black pepper. Cook the swordfish until just cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Transfer the pasta to a large serving platter. Pour half of the sauce over the pasta. Top with the swordfish and pour the remaining sauce over the fish and pasta. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.


Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Black Pepper

Directions:

Heat together the cream and butter over medium heat until bubbling.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add the cheese and mix well over medium heat until the sauce thickens. Keep warm.

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

4 servings

Ingredients

8 oz fettuccine
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
2 green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 recipe of Alfredo Sauce

Directions

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta in a colander.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil; swirl to coat. Add shrimp, green onion, and garlic; sauté for 4 minutes or until shrimp are done.

Reduce heat to medium and add the alfredo sauce. Cook 1 minute and add drained pasta. Stir gently and cook until the pasta is coated and warmed.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

 



Fillet of Fish Francese

2 servings

Ingredients

¼ cup olive oil
12 ozs white fish filets cut in half (I used triggerfish)
1/4 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 egg
2 tablespoons of heavy cream
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

Pour flour mixed with salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow dish. Whisk egg, cream, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese in another shallow bowl..
Heat oil in a large skillet.
Dredge the fillets in the flour, make sure you coat both sides and then dip the fish in the egg mixture, and make sure it’s evenly covered.
Repeat with all of the fillets and add to your skillet. Cook each side for 3-4 minutes; you want the bottom of the filet to get lightly brown,

Squash Saute

2 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 plump garlic cloves, minced
2 medium yellow summer squash, diced
1 small red pepper, diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat, and add the onion. Stir often and cook until tender, five to eight minutes, then add the garlic, summer squash, red pepper, and about ½ teaspoon of salt. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, until the squash is translucent and the red pepper tender, about 10 minutes. Add freshly ground pepper, taste and adjust salt. Stir in the parsley, and remove from the heat. Serve with the fish.

Air-Fryer Baked Sweet Potato

You may bake the potato in a regular oven at 400 degrees F for 45-50 minutes.

2 servings

Ingredients

1 large sweet potato
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Directions

Wash the sweet potato and then poke air holes in the potato with a fork.
Sprinkle them with the olive oil, pepper & salt, then rub evenly on the potato.
Once the potato is coated place it into the basket.
Cook potato at 390 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until fork-tender.
Cut in half and top with a pat of butter.


Italian Style Swordfish

Serve with a Tomato Salad

2 servings

Ingredients

1 Swordfish Steak, 1 inch thick, about 12 oz

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup garlic butter, melted (see recipe)

1/4 cup Italian Panko

When ready to grill:

Brush the fish with half the garlic butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper,  and press the panko onto the top of the fish.

To grill or broil

Place a sheet of heavy foil on a baking sheet and poke a few holes in the foil.

.Heat an outdoor grill or broiler to high. Slide the foil with the fish still on it onto the grill grates or the broiler pan. Lower heat to medium. Cook about 12-15 minutes until the crumbs begin to brown the and the fish is cooked through. Do not turn fish. Remove fish to a plate and pour the remaining garlic butter sauce over fish.

To air-fry or bake

Preheat the oven or air-fryer to 400 degrees F. Place the swordfish in the air-fryer basket and Cook for 10 minutes. Check the temperature of the swordfish. It is perfectly done when it reaches, 145 degrees F.


Gnocchi in Parmesan Cream Sauce With Peas

    Ingredients

One 17 oz pkg Potato Gnocchi or 

Homemade Gnocchi

2 pounds russet potatoes

3 eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour

Cream Sauce

½ cup whipping cream

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground white pepper

1 garlic clove, grated

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 

3 tablespoons butter

Directions

To make homemade gnocchi

In a covered 8-quart Dutch oven cook potatoes in enough boiling water to cover about 20 minutes or just until tender (do not overcook); drain. Peel potatoes.

While potatoes are still hot, push through a ricer into a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, stir in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add about half of the flour; mix well. Stir in enough of the remaining 1/2 cup flour to make a soft, pliable dough. Divide dough in thirds.

On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time into a 1-inch-thick rope. Cut rope into 1/2-inch pieces. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the top of each piece. Place on a baking sheet; chill while preparing the sauce (up to 2 hours).

For the sauce

In a medium saucepan heat cream over medium heat. Stir in garlic, peas, salt, and pepper. Simmer gently for 2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese; simmer gently for 1 minute more. Stir in butter until melted. Cover the and keep over the lowest heat setting.

To cook the gnocchi

In the Dutch oven bring a large amount of salted water to a rapid boil. Add the gnocchi; cook for 10 to 15 seconds or until gnocchi start to float to the top. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi as they rise to the top to the pan with the sauce.

 


Surf and Turf

Steak Ingredients

Two 6 oz. fillet mignon steaks, flatten lightly until an even thickness
2 tablespoons steak seasoning
2 tablespoons garlic butter, recipe below
2 tablespoons olive oil

Lobster Tail Ingredients

Two 4 oz. lobster tails
4 tablespoons garlic butter, recipe below
1/2 lemon cut into wedges
Salt & pepper to taste
Chopped parsley for garnish

Air Fryer Directions ( You can use the same directions to cook the steak and lobster in the broiler.)

Sprinkle the steak seasoning on each side of the steaks. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Brush each side of both steaks with 1 tablespoon of olive oil each.
Butterfly lobster tails by using kitchen scissors to cut lengthwise through the center of the shells.
Carefully spread the shell open where you cut. Place your fingers under the meat in the shell and firmly, but gently, pull it out in one piece.
Close the shell so that the lobster meat rests on top of the shell.
Melt 4 tablespoons garlic butter sauce over medium heat in a small saucepan.
Transfer 2 tablespoons of the garlic butter sauce to a small bowl and brush the lobster tail meat with it. Season the lobster tails with salt and pepper to your preference.

Place the filets and lobster tails with the cut lobster meat facing up in the air fryer and cook for approximately 4 minutes at 390°F. Turn the fillets and cook them and the lobster for 4 minutes more.

Remove from the air fryer and top each filet with 1 tablespoon garlic butter.
Let the steak rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

Squeeze 1/2 a lemon over the lobster tail. Serve the remaining garlic butter sauce in a small dish to use as a dipping sauce for the lobster and steak.
NOTE
If using thick steaks: If your steaks are on the thicker side, you may need to cook them for 1 minute longer on each side.

Garlic Butter

Ingredients

1 stick-8oz- butter, salted (at room temperature) diced
2 cloves garlic finely chopped or pressed
1/4 cup parsley finely chopped

Directions

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, mix all ingredients until well-combined.
Heat in the microwave on high until melted.

Smashed Potatoes

Ingredients

2 medium red potatoes boiled or baked until tender.
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat the oil in a small skillet. Place the potatoes in the skillet and flatten them with a potato masher. Cook over medium heat until brown. Turn over and brown the second side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

Asparagus Parmesan

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus, woody ends removed and cut in half
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese

Directions

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Stir fry the asparagus until tender about 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Remove to a serving plate, sprinkle the asparagus with Parmesan cheese, and serve.


Flounder Florentine

2 servings

Ingredients

One large (12-16 oz) flounder filet
1 cup leftover sauteed spinach (recipe)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil

Directions

Coat a baking dish large enough to hold the flounder with olive oil. Place the flounder in the dish and season with salt and pepper.
Spread the spinach over the flounder and top with the shredded cheese.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
Bake the flounder for 15 minutes.

Baked Tomatoes For Two

Ingredients

1 large fresh tomato. Cut in half
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons Italian flavored panko crumbs
Olive oil

Place the tomato halves on a small baking sheet with foil. Sprinkle the tops with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and top each half with 1 tablespoon of panko crumbs. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes. ( Bake in the oven with the flounder.

 

Lemon Vegetable Couscous

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 ¼ cups chicken broth
1 cup whole wheat Israeli couscous
1 small zucchini, diced
1 onion, diced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

In a medium saucepan, bring1 ¼ cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 cup whole wheat Israeli couscous. Return the mixture to a boil, lower the heat to low, cover the pan, and cook 10 minutes. The couscous will absorb the broth. Stir, add ½ teaspoon salt, and set aside.

In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Saute over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the zucchini, Italian seasoning and salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the cooked couscous and lemon juice. Heat. Adjust seasoning with salt to taste. Serve with the flounder.


Ingredients

12 oz firm fish fillets
Salt and Pepper
1 cup Flour- any type of flour can work in this recipe (Wondra, gluten-free, low carb)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 cup (8oz) Beer or seltzer water
Oil for frying (1 inch deep)
Crispy Taco Shells, warmed
Shredded cabbage

Sauce
½ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon line juice
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 scallions, minced
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon cilantro paste

To make the sauce
Combine all the sauce ingredients in a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate to allow the flavors to meld.

For the fish
Pat the fish dry, cut into 3-inch pieces and season with salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a large skillet
Mix the flour, taco seasoning, and the beer together in a shallow bowl. The batter should be thick.
Dip the fish pieces into the batter, let the batter drip off, then transfer directly to the hot oil and let them fry until golden, approximately 3 minutes.
Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels for the oil to drip off.

To assemble
Place several pieces of fish in each taco shell, top with shredded cabbage and sour cream sauce. Serve with lots of paper napkins.


Scallops in Garlic Cream Sauce

2 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 oz sea scallops
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 large shallot, minced
1 small zucchini about 6 oz, finely diced
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
6 oz cooked pasta (I used pappardelle)
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
2 tablespoons chopped basil

Directions
Cook pasta until al dente, drain and set aside.
Remove the side muscle from the scallops if attached. Thoroughly pat the scallops dry with paper towels.


Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot and sizzling. Add the scallops in a single layer.
Season with salt and pepper and cook without moving for 2 minutes on one side, then turn the scallops over and cook 1 minute. Remove the scallops from the skillet and transfer to a plate.
In the same pan, add the garlic, shallots, and zucchini. Cook stirring the ingredients often for 5 minutes.


Add cream and allow to simmer until slightly thickened.
Remove the skillet from the heat; stir in lemon juice and add the scallops back into the pan to warm through slightly.

Stir in the basil, cooked pasta, and cheese. Serve in pasta bowls.


Pork Fried Rice

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 cups diced raw or cooked vegetables (see suggestions, below)
2 cups diced cooked pork (I used leftover spare ribs)
3 cups cold leftover cooked rice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
4 green onions, sliced
Fried rice veggie ideas: celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, bean sprouts, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, peas, snow peas, cabbage.

Directions
In a wok or a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat. Add egg and cook, stirring, until the egg is scrambled. Remove the scrambled egg to a plate.
Pour the remaining oil into the wok. When it is very hot, add chopped onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 or 3 minutes or just until onion is softened. Add raw vegetables first, followed by any cooked vegetables (the first ones into the pan should be the veggies that take the longest to cook, like raw carrots). Already-cooked veggies should be added last. Now add cooked meat, stirring to mix well and heat through.

Add rice, stirring constantly to break up the lumps of rice, mix it with the other ingredients and heat thoroughly. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil and cook, stirring and tossing, for 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in the scrambled egg and green onions and stir-fry for one more minute. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Fish Baked In Teriyaki Sauce

Ingredients

2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cod fillets, each 6 ounces
2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together the teriyaki sauce and garlic.
Lightly spray a small baking pan with cooking spray. Place the fillets in the pan. Pour the teriyaki marinade over both sides of the fillets. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to marinate the fish.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.. Sprinkle the fish with the sesame seeds.
Bake until the fish is opaque throughout when tested with a tip of a knife, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with the fried rice.

Asparagus in Ginger Garlic Sauce

Sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon grated garlic
1 pinch red pepper flakes

Stirfry
1 bunch medium-size asparagus spears, trimmed
1 tablespoon peanut oil

Directions

Combine sauce ingredients and set aside.
Cut the asparagus into two-inch pieces, on the diagonal.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high until hot, 3–5 minutes, and add oil and asparagus; season lightly with salt. Cook, tossing occasionally until asparagus is just beginning to brown around the edges, about 2 minutes. Add sauce and cook, tossing constantly, until asparagus is still crispy yet cooked through and coated in the sauce, about 30 seconds longer.

 


I served this entree with Charleston Gold Rice and Sliced Tomatoes.

Sole Fillets
Ingredients
1 lb sole fillets, divided in half
2 tablespoons butter, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Crab Filling
8 oz crabmeat
1⁄4 cup onion chopped
1/4 cup celery chopped
¼ cup mild green pepper chopped
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon seafood seasoning (Old Bay)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup mayonnaise
1 cup plain panko crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Cheese Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Salt

Directions

Butter a one-quart baking dish. Place half of the sole fillets in the bottom of the baking dish.

Combine the filling ingredients in a mixing bowl and then spread the crabmeat mixture over the fillets.

Cover the crabmeat with the remaining sole fillets. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fish. Place the butter slices over the top of the fish.

Bake uncovered 30 minutes at 400ºF.

While the fish is baking, melt the butter for the cheese sauce in a small saucepan. Stir in the flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Simmer until bubbly and smooth.

Add the milk, stirring until the sauce thickens. Do not boil. Add the grated cheese and stir until melted. Remove from direct heat and keep warm.

When the fish is cooked, pour the cheese sauce into a serving bowl and serve the cheese sauce on the side or spoon over the fish as it is served.



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