Beach trip meal cooked (almost) exclusively on the grill. We picked up the local Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish) and shrimp that day at Mt. Pleasant seafood located right on the water at Shem’s Creek. The carrots, kale, green onions and basil were all from our CSA. The potatoes were left over smashed potatoes from a few nights before. It all worked out very well and there were no leftovers.
This was a weird meal but fun. The goal was to use up all that was in the fridge and to only use the grill to cook with, and we did.
- Fresh Mahi Mahi filets
- ½ lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined, double skewered
- Smashed potato leftovers
- 1-2 leftover bacon strips
- 1 punch baby carrots
- 1 punch dinosaur kale
- 1 punch fresh basil
- ½ cup almonds (or pine nuts)
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ½ lemon, zest and juice
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Get your grill going with a hot side and a cool side.
- In a blender or food processor, add the basil, almonds, cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice and pulse to combine. Drizzle in olive oil until the pesto reaches the consistency you want. I usually add garlic but my Dad doesn’t like it so I left it out. Place in a bowl and set aside.
- Toss carrots, kale and green onions with olive oil. When the grill is hot and still has some flame, and the carrots and kale. Cook until charred and move to the cool side until cooked through.
- In a blender or food processor add the leftover potatoes and bacon with 1-2 cups of milk, puree. Add more liquid if need be. Add the puree to a large pot and heat over medium-low heat until warmed through, keep warm.
- Brush fish filets and shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the mahi to the hot part of the grill and close the lid. The fish will release when it is read. Flip the fish and cook until done.
- Add the shrimp cook until just cooked through.
When my wife is away I tend to play (in the kitchen). I tend to try new ingredients, recipes or techniques. This particular time I was craving duck. Doing a Google images search (I find a lot of great recipes that way), I found these two images and was totally inspired.
I only wish I could plate as well as this dish is plated. What you are look at was defined as:
Seared Duck Breast, Duck Confit Crepe, Wilted Kale, Honey Glazed Carrots, and Date-Molasses Sauce.
I gave it a try, but changed it up based on what I could find. Basically I didn’t have any duck confit and didn’t want to take the time to make date-molasses. I end up with; Seared Duck Breast, Herbed Crepe with Mushroom, Honey Glazed Baby Carrots, Wilted Kale with a Demi-glace. Uhhh…Yum. I can’t imagine how good the original Chef’s dish was, but mine was pretty good.
Honey Glazed Carrots Ingredients
- 1 large bunch of baby carrots (I used reqular and purple)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 21 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- In a large pot, heat water to a boil and place the carrots in the steamer. Don’t over cook. Remove and place in ice water then dry.
- In a large pan (I used the same one that sauteed the mushrooms in) heat over medium heat.
- Melt butter in the pan, add the carrots. Toss then add honey and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm
Wilted Kale Ingredients
- 1 pound kale
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon crush red pepper flake (or more if you like more heat)
- 1/2 cup of chicken stock
- Salt and peopper
- Heat large pan over medium high heat.
- Add olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper flake. Cook until garlic is fragrant.
- Add kale and toss. Cook until slightly wilted.
- Add stock, toss then cover. Reduce heat to low.
Seared Duck Ingredients
- 2 duck breasts
- Salt and pepper
- Heat a large pan or skillet over medium high heat.
- Score the ducks fatty side with cross-hatches.
- Place the duck fat side down and sear until most of the fat is rendered out and flip.
- Finish in the oven if need be, I prefer my duck pretty rare. Oh, and by the way, don’t toss that extra duck fat. It is liquid gold.
- Yep. I totally cheated here. I happen to have a box container that was to expire soon. So I used it.
- If you are more motivated then I, the is a great demi-glace recipe by Emeril.
This was a very ornate meal, but like I said the wife was out of town. What else would I be doing. I garnished, as the Chef did with pistachios, mint and edible flowers. I also wanted to give full create to the original creator of this dish. Google images credits, “Chef de Cuisine Brett Dufee of Bayona – New Orleans, LA”. Well done Chef, well done.