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Old 04-03-2006, 07:50 PM   #1
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You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

Let me just preface this recipe by saying that, this is now my hands-down favorite fish recipe and this tasted amazing - I can verify that with every single person sitting at my dinner table about 10 mins ago. I love this recipe so much I decided to post it here for everyone to try. I kind of just made it all up as I was going and synthesized some pasta recipes I have made before with my baked haddock recipe (just breaded with lemon juice and pepper).

Story:
Ok, I shot a little tiny AJ over the weekend up in Destin and I was skeptical about the quality of meat after reading all the posts about cooking these feisty little buggers, but wanted to try it anyway.

I dont know how much this matters but my AJ was shot in about 70ft of water, about 34 inches long and weighed - oh I dont know, maybe 10-12 lbs?? (maybe 15??) So I am guessing the quality of meat on this bad boy was very good compared to those old 50lb groupers and 100lb AJ's. I made sure there were no worms in his tail - west coast apparently isnt so bad.

The recipe: it seems long, but when you take your first bite - holy cow!

worth the time, trust me... make this for the ladies too and serve with Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio or something... yummy

OK THE RECIPE:
Get all this stuff ready to go:

3 or 4 or 5 AJ FILLETS
(mine were about an inch thick at the top - pectoral area - some places and pretty damn long)

1 red onion
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 red hot chili pepper
3 cloves of garlic
fresh basil leaves
fresh parsley leaves
(I grow my own herbs so I dont know how much I used - maybe a 1/4 cup of each - more herbs usually arent a bad thing, so just be liberal)

olive oil (i dont know how much)
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of any dry white wine or vermouth
1 cup of parmesan cheese (finely grated)

2 eggs
italian bread crumbs (or whatever breading concoction you desire)
Old Bay Seasoning (optional)
salt and pepper

Farfalle (BOWTIE) pasta


ok - here goes

prep: chop onions, peppers, peel and press garlic, chop herbs, heat oil in a frying pan. start heating heavy cream on low. preheat oven to 400.

1. beat your two eggs in a bowl.
2. pour 1-2 Cups of bread crumbs in a bowl
- add pepper and salt to taste (not too much)
- add about a TBSPN of old bay seasoning
3. pour a layer of olive oil in a frying pan and heat it on medium heat
4. dip AJ fillets in egg mix then in bread crumb mix
5. once oil is heated sufficiently place the AJ fillets in oil and brown each side (about 30 seconds on each side is ok - you are not trying to cook them through) then place AJ fillets in an oven safe glass dish - preheat oven to 400 degrees
- add a 1/4 cup of white wine to the baking pan
- add some olive oil as well to the baking pan
- once sauce and pasta are about 10 minutes into their cook time, and the oven is preheated, cook the amberjack on 400 for 15 minutes (longer if your fillets are thicker than 1 inch)

6. reduce heat on oil pan to low
7. chop your onions and peppers and crush the garlic - add all of it to the hot olive oil (you may need to add more)
8. sautee onions and peppers (15-20 min then reduce to low heat and add a quarter cup of wine or vermouth)
9. start heating all the heavy cream in a medium saucepan on med/low heat (about 20-25 min)
10. add the parmesan cheese to heavy cream mix
11. chop parsley and basil - add to cream mix
(make sure you constantly stir the heavy cream mix so the cheese doesnt settle and burn - you want this to thicken over the next 20 min)
12. boil water - add farfalle (bowtie pasta)
13. once the cream sauce starts to thicken, add the vegetables and onions and garlic mix (with oil) to the cream sauce and continue to heat on low, stirring frequently

OK. all the heating stuff you want to get going at one time so everything finishes relatively simultaneously. Once everything is done cooking, pour about half the cream sauce over the Farfalle pasta.

take the AJ fillets out of the oven and place them on a plate. Add the pasta all around the fillets and then use the additional sauce and pour a couple spoonfulls over the breaded fillets.

I know the recipe seems confusing, but read through it once and make sure you start cooking everything around the same time. Just make sense of it.

It really is a wonderful recipe - my girlfriend, brother and a friend of ours loved it

let me know how it comes out

-Jarrod

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Old 04-04-2006, 01:12 AM   #2
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

sounds really good, put anything in all that sauce and it would be good. Amberjack is great. I cooked some snapper, grouper and amberjack all with the same spices in a broier the other day and then taste tested them. They all are great and tasted pretty much the same, the texture was the main difference. snapper with the least texture, then grouper and amberjack had the most. I think the worst mistake you can make with amberjack and most fish is to over cook it.
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Old 04-04-2006, 06:31 AM   #3
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

I agree... the amberjack I cooked last night was firm, moist and still flaky and almost light, but filling and hearty... it was just amazing...

I was pretty impressed.

As long as my GF likes it, that is all that matters :-)

Wish I had pictures of the dish all prepared - it comes out so colorful with the green and red veggies and spices

mmm

I think I am going to grill some fillets tonight with peppers onions and butter - over the charcoal in some tin foil

cant wait.

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Gators, good luck in the NCAA final, when is that anyway? ( I dont have cable)
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Old 04-04-2006, 07:59 AM   #4
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thanks, it was last night and the gators wooped on UCLA winning their first national title!
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Old 04-04-2006, 03:09 PM   #5
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

NICE, congrats!

Yeah I actually saw it in the Tampa Tribune this morning when I got to work...

nice job

I think I am going to make that recipe again tonight and take pictures, step by step throughout the process then post then sometime when I have a free minute...
might take a while
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:27 PM   #6
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

Sounds delicious! BTW a 34" AJ should be in excess of 20#s, so you may have more meat on your hands than you think, although with that recipe it will probably get cleared out quick enough regardless.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:15 PM   #7
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

Pat, you are probably right...I didnt weigh it and I was pretty tired after surfacing with him (trying to untwist myself after he wrapped the line all around me) so... who knows. It has fed 9 people so far and there are 2 more large fillets left... I just took pictures of the cooking process since this is the second time i have cooked the meal this week

it was delicious

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Old 04-05-2006, 09:28 PM   #8
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

Here are some step by step pictures of the whole process of cooking this dish.

I know you guys are not as excited as I am but I just wanted to show everyone, despite my long @ss directions, it really is pretty simple...
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:34 PM   #9
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

It helps when you have the motivation of knowing there will be three hot little wenches slaving away in your kitchen cleaning up the masterpiece... mmm

then get them all a little tipsy with some wine...

well whatever... they ate every single last morsel of food on their plates

it was a good night again, even though I missed LOST

Cant wait to get some hogs in boca this weekend
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:38 PM   #10
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

Here are some more pictures of the fair wenches in their rightful positions (besides missionary)...
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:55 PM   #11
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Woot...can you say "PARTY AT JARROD'S!!!!"
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:42 PM   #12
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

that's almost the same as my baked grouper! actually i've found this recipe to be good with any white fleshed fish. also works well with lobster tails.
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:22 AM   #13
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Re: You will FALL IN LOVE with this AmberJack Recipe mmmm

SWEET!
Yeah mine was real cheesy too, I think I added an extra 2 cups of parmesan cheese... when the sauce cools down its gets THICK!

Oh yeah... those smaller, darker, red fillets were some sheepshead that i just breaded and fried and ate while I was cooking the other stuff... they were good too mmm mmm
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:30 AM   #14
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You and three chicks! You are definitley doing something right. Let's here what happened after dinner.
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:47 AM   #15
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Mmmm...YUMMY!

...food looks good too.
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