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Grouper Picatta with Zucchini Noodles

serves four

4 grouper fillets, 5 to 6 ounces each
1 cup flour
1 whisked egg
2 Tbsp clarified butter
Picatta Sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Salt and pepper both sides of the fillets. Dredge in flour then dip in the whisked egg, dredge in the flour again, and shake off any excess. Heat the clarified butter in an oven proof pan over medium-high heat and sauté the fillets skin side up. Do not touch the fillets until the edges are brown. Carefully turn the fillets over and finish in a 375ºF oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon Picatta Sauce over grouper and serve with Zucchini Noodles.

Zucchini Noodles
2 large zucchini
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp finely diced tomato
salt and pepper to taste

Using a mandolin, shave the outside skin of the zucchini into thin strips. Sauté the garlic in the butter over medium-high heat. Add
the zucchini, season to taste and sauté until tender. Remove from the pan and toss with olive oil. Swirl on a fork like pasta, serve and garnish with diced tomato.

Picatta Sauce
1 sliced small shallot
1 smashed garlic clove
juice of 1 lemon
10 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1½ cups white wine
1 cup heavy cream
6 Tbsp cold butter
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp capers
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Combine the shallot, garlic, lemon juice, peppercorns, bay leaf and white wine in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat
until reduced by half. Add the heavy cream and reduce until thickened. Remove from heat and add the cold butter. Whisk to incorporate. Add the parsley, lemon zest, capers and cheese. Mix well.

Enjoy!

Chef Paul Mattison, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Mattison’s
®Chef Paul Mattison, 2014

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Chef Paul Mattison’s Raviolo

serves four

¼ cup flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 pound cubed round or chuck steak
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 thinly sliced large onion
1 thinly sliced large celery rib
2 thinly sliced carrots
1 minced garlic clove
1 tsp dried oregano
16-ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 cup red wine
salt and pepper to taste
Pasta Dough
Caramelized Cipollinis
Cipollini Onion Cream

Combine the flour, salt and pepper, and lightly coat all sides of the meat. Shake off any excess. Save remaining seasoned flour for use later in the gravy. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Add the meat and cook over high heat, turning once, for 1 to 2 minutes per side until browned. Do not crowd the skillet or the meat will not brown. Remove with tongs and add the remaining oil to the pan drippings. Add the onion, celery and carrots, and cook over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, stir occasionally, until lightly browned. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables are almost tender. Add the garlic and sprinkle with the reserved flour. Cook and stir one minute. Add oregano, tomatoes with their juices and the wine. Return the meat and any juices to the skillet. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender. Season to taste. Make the Pasta Dough, fill and cut 3-inch square ravioli. Cook in boiling water 4 to 5 minutes until they float to the top. Serve with Cipollini Onion Cream and garnish with Caramelized Cipollinis.

Cipollini Onions
2 cups cipollini onions
1½ cups water
2 Tbsps butter
¼ cup sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the onions in the water with the butter and sugar in a large sauté pan over high heat. As the water reduces, the onions will caramelize. Toss occasionally and cook until golden brown.

Cipollini Onion Cream
½ cup Caramelized Cipollinis
½ quart heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Simmer onions and cream in a medium saucepan until thickened. Purée in a blender until very smooth. Strain through a very fine sieve and season to taste.

Caramelized Cipollinis
2 cups cipollini onions
1½ cups water
2 Tbsp butter
¼ cup sugar
1 sprig fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the onions in the water with the butter and sugar in a large sauté pan over high heat. As the water reduces, the onions will caramelize. Toss occasionally and cook until golden brown. Garnish with thyme sprig.

Pasta Dough
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
4 eggs
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Using an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour and salt. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to mix. Drizzle in the oil and continue to incorporate until a ball is formed. Sprinkle flour on your work surface and knead the dough until it is elastic and smooth. Wrap in plastic and let rest for about 30 minutes, allowing the gluten to relax. Sprinkle flour on your work surface and on the dough. Form it into a rectangle and roll it through a pasta machine several times at the widest setting. Roll through several more times, reducing the setting each time until the dough is thin. Cut 3-inch square ravioli.

Enjoy!

Chef Paul Mattison, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Mattison’s
®Chef Paul Mattison, 2014

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Seared Sea Scallops

Chef Paul Mattison’s Seared Sea Scallops
Serves 4
For the Scallops:
3 tablespoons clarified butter
16 each Sea Scallops(u-10 size)
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
As needed salt and black pepper
In a small sauté pan on medium heat, add coriander and cumin seeds. Carefully toast spices until slightly browned. Cool, and grind spices in a coffee grinder. Next season scallops on both side with spices and salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan on high heat, add clarified butter. Carefully place as many scallops in pan without crowding too much. Sear the scallops until edges are browned before turning. Once turned, cook another 5 minutes or cooked until desired temperature.
For the Sweet Potato Hash:
¼ cup smoked bacon, sliced thin
¼ cup sweet onions, small diced
3 cups sweet potato, small diced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons scallions, sliced thin(green only)
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
As needed salt and black pepper
In a large sauté pan on medium heat, add bacon. Slowly render bacon until almost crispy. Next add onions, and cook slowly until softened and translucent. Next add sweet potatoes. Keep cooking slowly and stirring occasionally until sweet potatoes are soft. Once soft, stir in garlic. Cook another minute, stir in sliced scallions and chopped cilantro. Adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper if needed.
For the Jicama-Apple slaw:
1each jicama, medium, finely julienned
1 each granny smith apple, finely julienned
2 tablespoons scallions, finely sliced(green only)
½ each red pepper, finely julienned
½ each jalepeño, finely minced
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
As needed salt and pepper
In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
For the Lemon Cream:
1 tablespoon extra virgin oil
¼ cup sweet onion, diced
1 each garlic clove, smashed
2 cups heavy cream
1 each lemon, zest only
As needed salt and pepper
In a small sauce pan on medium heat, add olive oil, onions and garlic. Cook until onions and garlic have softened, about 5 minutes. Next add Heavy cream and lemon zest. Slowly reduce cream until sauce consistency. Puree sauce in blender. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Seared Sea Scallops
Enjoy!
Chef Paul Mattison, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Mattison’s
®Chef Paul Mattison, 2014
More recipes in the cookbook Chef! The Stories and Recipes of Chef Paul Mattison.
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Chilled Cucumber-Avocado Soup with Peach Salsa

Serves 6-8

3each avocados
3 each cucumbers, peeled, seeded, rough chopped
¼ cup sweet onion, diced
1 each scallion, sliced
½ each jalapeños, seeded, diced
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 each orange, juice only
1 each limes, juice only
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup mirin
2 teaspoon sugar
¼ cup heavy cream
as needed salt & black pepper

Puree All ingredients together with Blender until smooth. Adjust Seasoning with Salt & Pepper.

For the Peach Salsa:
1 cup peaches, small dice, skin on(ripe but not too ripe)
2 tablespoons red pepper, small diced
½ each jalapeño, seeded, minced
1 tablespoon scallions, sliced thin on a bias, (green only)
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 each lime, juice only
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
as needed salt, pepper, sugar

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Depending on the sweetness of peaches, sugar can be added, or may need nothing at all.

Enjoy!

Chef Paul Mattison, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Mattison’s
®Chef Paul Mattison, 2014

More recipes in the cookbook Chef! The Stories and Recipes of Chef Paul Mattison.
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Chef Paul Mattison’s Black Grouper with Tomatoes, Olives, and Fresh Herbs

serves two

Ingredients
2 grouper filets, about 6 oz each
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
10 calamata olives, pitted and cut in half
½ cup shiitake mushrooms
1 oz Marsala wine
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig Italian parsley
1 tablespoons butter
fresh lemon juice

Procedure
Preheat a medium size sauté pan at medium heat, add the olive oil and place the grouper filets carefully in the pan away from you, and cook for about three to four minutes on each side. If the pan gets too hot lower the heat and continue to cook until the fish is cooked through; remove the filets from the pan once they are cooked and drain some of the excess oil and return the pan to the fire; add the olives, tomatoes, and shiitakes, sauté for about one minute; add the Marsala wine, let the wine evaporate for few minutes; add the fresh herbs, butter, fresh lemon juice, and season the sauce with salt and pepper; pour the sauce over the fish and serve immediately.

Enjoy!
Chef Paul Mattison, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Mattison’s
®Chef Paul Mattison, 2014

Chef Paul Mattison’s Artichokes Esther-Style

Chef Paul Mattison’s Signature Appetizer

(From Chef! The Stories and Recipes of Chef Paul Mattison)

My grandmother, Esther, never believed in throwing anything away. Once the artichoke hearts were dipped in the egg wash and cooked in olive oil, she would scramble the leftover egg wash in the same skillet, creating slightly green eggs. The two served together was truly Esther-Style.

Artichokes Esther-Style
12 artichoke hearts
½ cup flour
3 eggs
1 Tbsp water
½ cup flour
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup olive oil

Halve, rinse and drain artichoke hearts. Dredge in flour then dip in an egg wash made by whisking the eggs with the water. Combine the remaining flour with the Parmesan cheese and dredge the artichoke hearts again, shaking off excess coating. Pour oil into a large skillet and preheat to medium-high. Add artichokes, cut side down first, and pan fry for 2 minutes. Turn and cook for 2 more minutes until golden brown. Serve with Piccata Sauce and garnish with chopped basil and grated Parmesan cheese.

Piccata Sauce Esther-Style
1½ Tbsp olive oil
4 tsp finely diced shallots
2 Tbsp capers
2 tsp chopped garlic
1 cup white wine
4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp seeded, diced tomatoes
10 chiffonade medium basil leaves
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat olive oil in a sauté pan to medium-low. Add shallots and cook 2 to 3 minutes until soft. Add capers and garlic and cook for one minute. Add wine, increase heat to high and reduce by half. Reduce heat and add butter. Once melted, add tomatoes, basil, cheese and lemon juice. Season to taste.

Enjoy!
Chef Paul Mattison, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Mattison’s
®Chef Paul Mattison, 2014