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Garlic Butter Sauce

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sliced shallots

3/4 cup water

1 sprig thyme

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

6 large garlic cloves, minced to a paste or put through a press

Coarse salt

Freshly ground white pepper

Fresh lemon juice

Immersion blender

Preparation:

Put the shallots , water, and thyme in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook at a low boil until the shallots are very soft and the water has reduced to a generous 3/4 cup. Remove the thyme and turn the heat to very low. Use an immersion blender to start pureeing the shallots. Add a piece of butter and contine to puree, emulsifying the water and butter. Continue adding the butter piece by piece, incorporating each bit of butter before adding another. tilt the pan as you work and keep it over the heat. The sauce will become light and very pale yellow. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve, pushing down on any solids that remain with a wooden spoon. Return the sauce to the pan. Season with salt.

You can serve the sauce right away or keep it warm at the back of the stove for an hour or so, giving it a whisk once in a while. Add a few drops of water if the sauce becomes to thick. Store any leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator. To rejuvinate leftover sauce, put it in a saucepan over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer. the sauce will break (separate) at this point.

Reduce the heat to low and re-emulsify the sauce with the immersion blender. Add garlic to the butter sauce and use the immersion blender to puree the garlic completely into the sauce (you don’t want to come across bits of garlic). Check for salt and season the sauce with white pepper and lemon juice. Serve, or keep warm at the back of the stove for up to one hour before serving. Add a few drops of water if the sauce becomes too thick. Makes about 1 cup.

Pair with:

Shrimp or squid for dipping, or grilled mackerel for a sauce.

Recipe obtained from Fish Without a Doubt by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore

 

Ginger Soy Butter

Ingredients:

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar

Preparation:

Combine the butter, ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar in a food processor. Process until light and fluffy. Pack into a small bowl. Leave butter at room temperature for about an hour for the flavors to develop, then cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm. Keeps about 5 days in the refrigerator and 2 months in the freezer. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Recipe obtained from Fish Without a Doubt by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore

Lemon Dill Butter

Ingredients:

8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Coarse salt

Preparation:

Combine the butter, dill, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a food processor. Process until light and fluffy. Season with salt and pack into a small bowl. Leave the butter at room temperature for about an hour for the flavors to develop. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm. Will keep about 5 days in the refrigerator and 2 months in the freezer. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Recipe obtained from Fish Without a Doubt by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore.