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Sliced Potato Encrusted Fish

jaykramer Mar 4, 2008 11:30 AM

Looking for a recipe to create a main dish with Halibut or similar fish encrusted with sliced potatoes. The potatoes are placed on the fish to appear as "scales"

  1. Vetter Mar 5, 2008 06:47 AM

    I think I've seen this technique in the book that Jaque Pepin and Julia Child did together. Their version is probably a little simpler aesthetically. It looked beautiful, though.

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    1. re: Vetter
      jaykramer Mar 7, 2008 07:14 AM

      Thanks to all for the input. I happen to check on the internet and found this topic was previously discussed on chowhound between May 26 and May 31, 2007. Looks like I can now see what works...thanks again.

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      Furgs Mar 4, 2008 11:51 AM

      Giada deLaurentis did a version of this on tv yesterday.


      If the link doesn't work, the recipe is called Tilapia with Purple Potato Crust and Chive Rosemary Oil.

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      1. re: Furgs
        jaykramer Mar 4, 2008 12:03 PM

        Thanks...what is not clear is how to get the potatoes to stick to the fish. I guess I will have to watch the show.

        1. re: jaykramer
          JungMann Mar 4, 2008 12:57 PM

          When I saw the dish being made at Le Cirque during one of the challenges on Top Chef it appeared that the contestant just tightly wrapped the filet with the potato. I think the moisture and starch created a natural glue.

          1. re: JungMann
            scubadoo97 Mar 4, 2008 04:35 PM

            Yes, that was Daniel Boulud's dish when he was exec chef at Le Cirque. He admits getting the idea from Paul Bocuse in his kitchen outside of Lyons in France several years before. MR Bocuse used pototoes like scales. Boulud changed it

            "''My idea came from Paul Bocuse,'' says Daniel Boulud of Le Cirque, who spent four days in Mr. Bocuse's kitchen outside of Lyons in France several years ago. ''Roger Jaloux, the chef under Mr. Bocuse, said he wanted me to taste something. He made for lunch in the kitchen a fish fillet covered with thin little circles of potatoes that looked like scales. I liked the concept, the crisp potatoes with the red-wine sauce, but it was so time-consuming - he had apprentices doing that the whole day!''

            Back in his own kitchen, Mr. Boulud experimented with the idea, using long oval slices of potatoes instead of tiny circles, making a more pungent wine sauce, adding leeks. He also tried various kinds of fish fillets until he found one that had the right texture and thickness so that when the potatoes were cooked outside, the fillet inside would be just right."

            Interesting read on the topic with a recipe


          2. re: jaykramer
            jewel4352 Mar 5, 2008 09:24 AM

            I watched Giada's show and she didn't do anything to make the potatoes stick. It was pretty obvious (to me) that the fish and potatoes didn't stick together and her food stylist probably had to do some fudging before the final dish was shown.

            I thought the technique used in Top Chef would be much more successful.

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          bordeauxfan Mar 4, 2008 11:41 AM

          Check some of the recipes websites. I had a similar dish in the 90s at Le Cirque in NY: sliced potato encrusted Chilean Sea Bass served in a Barolo wine reduction. Yum!

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