Cod Fish Confit Over Cuttlefish Risotto, Sautéed Spinach a la Catalana and Foamy Emulsion of Alioli - Confit de Bacalao Sobre Risotto de Sepia, Salteado de Espinacas a la Catalana y Espuma de Alioli
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Makes 6 servings.
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For the cuttlefish risotto:
Sauté the minced onion with 4 tbsp olive oil on a paella pan over low heat, add the rice and cook for two minutes. Add 4 cups of the fumet (set aside the rest for the final elaboration), the bay leaf, red hot pepper, thyme and cuttlefish ink with a pinch of salt. When it starts to boil cover with a lid (or aluminum foil) and place in the oven at 320 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and spread the black rice on a tray to stop the cooking. Remove the red hot pepper, the rosemary and the bay leaf. Keep the rice at room temperature until the final preparation.
Desalt the semi-cured cod loins (if they are not desalted). Remove the scales and sauté, skin-side down, over low heat on a non-stick pan for 3 minutes or until golden. Eight minutes before eating, soak the cod loins with the skin facing up in a bowl with the olive oil at 175 degrees F Note that the time of cooking may vary, depending on how thick the cod is.
Chill all the ingredients in the fridge for one hour in order to lower the temperature and stabilize the emulsion. Combine all the ingredients, except for the oils, in a food processor with no preset temperature. Emulsify all the ingredients for a minute. Pour the oils slowly in order to obtain a thick alioli. Salt to taste. Pour the alioli into a siphon. Load the siphon with one gas cartridge and chill in the fridge.
Sautéed spinach, Catalan-style:
Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the raisins. When they start to swell add the pine nuts, the julienned poached onion and the spinach. Sauté until the spinach wilts and is reduced to half. Salt to taste and serve immediately.
Place the cod in the oil as per the first recipe. Simultaneously, heat in a narrow steel pan 2 tbsp of the remaining olive oil. Add the cuttlefish and cook for half a minute. Add the cuttlefish ink rice, followed by the rest of the fumet. Stir this risotto constantly so that the rice doesn't stick.
After 4 minutes, add the green peas and check the saltiness. Finally, remove the pan from the heat and add the remaining olive oil. Mix well with the risotto.
Serve the rice in six deep bowls. Place the candied cod loins to the side of the cuttlefish rice. Arrange the sautéed spinach on top of the cod and sprinkle with finely chopped pieces of garlic, previously crystallized. To finish, place the alioli foam to the side of the cuttlefish rice and drizzle pimentón oil over the cod and the foam.
Recipe by Luis Bollo, Meigas Restaurant, New Haven, CT
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