Grilled Escolar with Sauteed Asparagus
2 pounds fresh Escolar
Freshly ground white pepper
2 cups medium diced peeled white potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups fresh baby morel mushrooms, cleaned
1/2 bunch pencil asparagus, blanched and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 pint red currant tomatoes, stemmed
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 cups Basic Butter Sauce
1 cup fresh mild herb leaves, such as basil, tarragon, chervil, chives, and flat parsley leaf
Drizzle olive oil
Preheat the grill. Portion Escolar into roughly 6 ounces. Season each portion with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, salt and white pepper and set aside. Preheat the fryer. Fry the potatoes until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove the potatoes and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and set aside. Place the portions on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
In a large saute pan, over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the asparagus and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to saute for 1 minute. Add the potatoes. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat. Stir in the parsley. To serve, spoon the mushroom/asparagus mixture in the center of each plate. Lay the fish on top of the vegetable mixture. Spoon some of the butter sauce over the fish. In a small mixing bowl, toss the herbs with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pile the herbs in the center of each portion.