Seared Bass with Brown Butter, Roasted Grapes & Capers

This dish uses the Searing Method.

This seared bass dish will be done in 15 minutes and yet make you feel fancy and special while you eat it.

The seared bass melts in your mouth, while the sweetness of the roasted grapes and the tangy earthy butter and caper make you want to dance.

In fact…you should dance. And drink wine and laugh with your family while you eat this meal. It’s divine.

You might be thinking….Roasted grapes!? What the hell?

I’m telling you…It’s AMAZING!

By throwing the grapes in your hot pan, you blister the skin and deepen their sweetness. It’s a perfect pairing to the sweet bass flavor.

Since the sauce is made in the same pan, you won’t even have dishes to clean at the end of it all!

And if you re not a fish fan, this sauce is also delicious on some seared chicken as well.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

Check out some of our other recipes that use Searing too!

Seared Bass with Brown Butter, Roasted Grapes & Capers
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This seared bass dish will be done in 15 minutes and yet make you feel fancy and special while you eat it. It melts in your mouth, while the sweetness of the roasted grapes and the tangy earthy butter and caper make you want to dance. Using the Searing Method, the fish cooks quickly and with no prep while leaving you with a crispy skin and soft, flavorful meat. Since the sauce is made in the same pan, you won't even have dishes to clean at the end of it all!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 0 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 0 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 0 minutes
Seared Bass with Brown Butter, Roasted Grapes & Capers
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This seared bass dish will be done in 15 minutes and yet make you feel fancy and special while you eat it. It melts in your mouth, while the sweetness of the roasted grapes and the tangy earthy butter and caper make you want to dance. Using the Searing Method, the fish cooks quickly and with no prep while leaving you with a crispy skin and soft, flavorful meat. Since the sauce is made in the same pan, you won't even have dishes to clean at the end of it all!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 0 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 0 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 0 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Dry the skin of your fish with a paper or cloth towel. Then, season the fish with salt & pepper on the flesh side only. This will keep it dry and help with the browning later.
  2. Add oil to your pan and turn the heat on high to get it smoking hot.
  3. Once your oil begins to smoke, add your fish skin side down.
  4. Using a spatula or your fingers, GENTLY press the fish against the pan. Pressing and releasing every 2-3 seconds until the flesh begins to relax. The fish will automatically curl and tense when it hits the pan. By gently pressing on the skin, this will aide it in making contact with the pan and browning until it's naturally ready to relax.
  5. Turn heat down to medium high and let cook 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add butter & thyme
  7. Using a spoon, baste the fish with the butter as it begins to brown and bubble. Do this until the skins flesh is no longer translucent. Remove fish from pan.
  8. Add the grapes to the pan and let cook 1 minute.
  9. Add all the other ingredients & season with salt & pepper.
  10. Remove the thyme sprigs and spoon the sauce over the fish to enjoy!
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Ponzu Sauce

Ponzu sauce is a tangy, salty sauce that is great with items like spring rolls, sushi or poke.

With only a few ingredients, this sauce can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for (ever?) months. The soy sauce & citrus preserves the aromatics and you never really need to worry about it going bad.

*Transformation tip: add some to fried rice for extra flavor!

As with all Connected Chef recipes, let your kitchen and instincts guide you as you cook. The ingredient amount below are used as a starting off point; taste as you go and reseason as needed!

Ponzu Sauce

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Ponzu sauce is a tangy, salty sauce that is great with items like spring rolls, sushi or poke.

With only a few ingredients, this sauce can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for (ever?) months. The soy sauce & citrus preserves the aromatics and you never really need to worry about it going bad.

Prep Time
10 minutes

Prep Time
10 minutes

Ponzu Sauce

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Ponzu sauce is a tangy, salty sauce that is great with items like spring rolls, sushi or poke.

With only a few ingredients, this sauce can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for (ever?) months. The soy sauce & citrus preserves the aromatics and you never really need to worry about it going bad.

Prep Time
10 minutes

Prep Time
10 minutes

Ingredients


Servings:

Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in an air tight container & shake

Recipe Notes

Remember: taste as you go and look for balanced flavors.

When tasting you should get an even amount of ginger & garlic. The honey should balance the saltiness of the soy & the citrus should be in the forefront, but not overwhelming.

If your sauce is too salty, balance with more honey and citrus juice. If it's too citrusy, add a bit more soy and drop of honey.

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Cream Biscuits & Jam

There is not much better than warm biscuits and homemade jam. This recipe biscuit recipe

Cream Biscuits
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If you want warm, fresh, delicious biscuits with out any fuss - these are it. This recipe is perfect to make with kids because it's 1 bowl and you don't have to worry about butter melting too fast or over mixing. It's forgiving and minimal ingredients! This recipe is from thekitchn.com
Servings Prep Time
8 bicuits 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 bicuits 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Cream Biscuits
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If you want warm, fresh, delicious biscuits with out any fuss - these are it. This recipe is perfect to make with kids because it's 1 bowl and you don't have to worry about butter melting too fast or over mixing. It's forgiving and minimal ingredients! This recipe is from thekitchn.com
Servings Prep Time
8 bicuits 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 bicuits 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Biscuits
Strawberry Jam
Servings: bicuits
Instructions
Cream Biscuits
  1. Place a layer of parchment paper across the bottom and up 2 sides of an 8x8-inch pan. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until combined.
  3. Pour in all but 1/4 cup of the cream.
  4. Stir until the dough is shaggy, then add the remaining cream and stir to combine.
  5. Knead the dough: Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Knead the dough for about 30 seconds, just until it all comes together.
  6. Shape dough into a rectangle, about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide.
  7. Cut it in half lengthwise, then cut each piece into 4 pieces horizontally. Place each of the pieces in the prepared pan.
  8. Transfer the pan to the oven, and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden
Strawberry Jam
  1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan
  2. Heat on medium heat and stir occasionally
  3. Cook berries 20-25 minutes. Strawberries will begin to stew and cook down. You will notice more liquid in the pot as the berries cook.
  4. Taste your strawberries. You are looking for a strong flavor. If it seems a bit bland and not full flavor, they may need to cook a bit more.
  5. Once strawberries are soft and flavorful they are ready. Remove from heat and blend with a blender or food processor until desired smoothness. (Some people like it a bit chunky, others enjoy a completely smooth jam)
  6. Optional: strain through a mess strainer
  7. Let cool and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

[recipe]For time efficiency - I would get the jam started first and then work on the biscuits. This way the jam can stew while you make and bake the biscuits.

The jam is going to be a little non-traditional because it calls for WAY less sugar than a traditional jam. It will be full flavored non-the-less. However, don't be alarmed by a more loose consistency than usual store bought jam.

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is perfect to make with kids because it’s 1 bowl and you don’t have to worry about butter melting too fast or over mixing. It’s forgiving and minimal ingredients!

 

 

Biscuit recipe is from thekitchn.com

Sweet Potato & Corn Hash with Seared Chicken

sweet potato & corn hash

This sweet potato and corn hash with seared chicken recipe is such a great mid-week fix. For days when you are coming home from school pick up and work. For when you have about 30 minutes until your kids lose their shit.

This sweet potato and corn hash comes together so fast that it’s a great standby to keep on hand weeknights, and when served with seared chicken, it’s so easy and flavorful that I make it when we’ve got company, too.

To make things even faster, I get chicken skewers at the butcher and take them off the skewer. They cook faster and are already cut & seasoned for me!

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important and I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

sweet potato & corn hash
Sweet Potato & Corn Hash with Seared Chicken
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This starch free dish is healthy and delicious. Did I mention you can get it together in 20minutes!?
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
sweet potato & corn hash
Sweet Potato & Corn Hash with Seared Chicken
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This starch free dish is healthy and delicious. Did I mention you can get it together in 20minutes!?
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Sweet Potato & Corn Hash
  1. Small dice your sweet potato (no need to peel it) & cut the kernels off the corn. (An easy trick to cutting the kernels off an ear of corn - Lay it down on the cutting board long ways and cut along the sides. Basically turning your round ear of corn into a square)
  2. Chop you cilantro & scallions and keep seperate
  3. Heat a bit of oil in a pan on medium high heat. Throw in the sweet potato and cook until a bit brown and just tender. Do not season yet & be sure not to cook too much because they will get mushy.
  4. Add corn and season with salt & pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes until corn is cooked through.
  5. Add chopped cilantro & scallions and season again to taste. Set aside in a bowl.
Seared Chicken
  1. Using the same pan, heat oil until smoking.
  2. Season chicken with salt & pepper and add to the pan
  3. Cook until browned and cooked through. About 5-7 minutes.
  4. Lower the heat and add a pad of butter to the pan & your garlic.
  5. Using a wooden spoon, scrap the bottom of the pan to get those brown chicken bits off. It's ok if the butter begins to brown a little. That's yummy!
  6. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon & season with a little salt & pepper. If the sauce is a little thick, you can add a bit of chicken stock or water to thin out.
  7. Serve the chicken on top of the hash and drizzle with a little of the lemony pan sauce. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

To make things even faster, I get chicken skewers at the butcher and take them off the skewer. They cook faster and are already cut & seasoned for me!

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important and I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

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