Today’s recipe is from Cristina Ferrare’s gorgeous new cookbook Big Bowl of Love , a wonderful collection of over 150 of her favorite recipes that are great for quick week night dinners and special occasions. I was excited to receive a copy to preview, especially knowing that the stunning photos were the brilliant work of none other than local food photography rock stars, Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple, and was pleased to discover how Cristina’s natural warmth, generosity, and passion for cooking shines through in her anecdotes and recipes.
Big Bowl of Love offers a wide variety of recipes, from starters and lunches to dinners and desserts; and includes dishes that Cristina has created and cooked over the years and enjoyed with her family and friends. American and Italian influences are apparent and I was impressed with how approachable the recipes are; from her #1 favorite pasta sauce, fresh roma tomato sauce, to mac and cheese and strawberry shortcake, she shares it all, along with helpful tips to cut down your time in the kitchen. Her passion for food has made her a New York Times Best Seller and a host of her own cooking show, Big Bowl of Love, on the Oprah Winfrey Network. I’m excited to be able to share a recipe from this gorgeous cookbook and offer a copy to one of my readers!
With all this deliciousness, it was hard to decide what to showcase from Big Bowl of Love. Because we’re fish lovers, for heart-health reasons and because we love it, and I’ve mastered many ways to prepare fish, I decided to make the Sea Bass with Soy Glaze and Cucumber Salsa. Cristina says this is the dish she makes when she wants to impress her dinner guests big-time with its wonderful glazed sauce paired with the cool cucumber salsa, its quite impressive!
Sea Bass with Soy Glaze and Cucumber Salsa
6 servings | from Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love
¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup mirin
¼ cup sugar *
2 tablespoons dry white wine
6 (3-ounce) sea bass fillets *
½ cup all-purpose flour
a4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon sesame seeds
Salsa: Make the cucumber salsa first. In a glass bowl, combine cucumber, soy sauce, vinegar, scallions, and cilantro, and mix well. Cover and set aside.
Sauce: In a medium saucepan over low heat, stir together the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and wine. Stir frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce into a small bowl and set aside.
Dredge the sea bass in the flour. Heat a skillet on medium-high until hot. Add the olive oil and heat until hot but not smoking. Saute the sea bass for 2½ minuts on each side, until browned. Reduce the heat to medium, then pour in the sauce mixture and cover with a lids. Cook until the fish is cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness.
Place fillets on a platter, and pour the pan juices over the top. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and top with salsa, or the salsa on the side if you prefer.
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The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. (sorry international readers…) The giveaway will end at 10:00 p.m. PST on Monday, June 20, 2011 and a winner will be chosen by random drawing. The winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond, if the winner does not claim their prize by responding within 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
Good Luck to all!
Just one more… Aren’t the photos and styling breathtaking!
Disclaimer: I was sent a complimentary copy of Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love cookbook. One random winner will also receive the same. The opinions however, are my own.