John Dory


John Dory

John Dory

Serves 4 – 6

  • 4×6 oz portions of New Zealand John Dory, filleted, skinned
  • 1 large russet potato, cooked whole in boiling water till tender, peeled and pushed through a ricer and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-5 oz of flour
  • 1 pound fava beans removed from pods and blanched in boiling salted water, refreshed in ice water and remove the outer skin
  • 1 pound pea shoots (greens) with the fibrous stem removed
  • 2 cups Pinot Noir
  • 1 cup veal stock (if you can not find veal stock, substitute 4 times the amount of chicken broth)
  • 2 oz butter
  • Oil to sauté with, Salt and pepper to taste

    Gnocchi is potato pasta and is made like pasta. Once the potato is riced and cooled, mix in a bowl with the eggs and enough flour to make the dough. (You want to add as little flour as possible. Too much flour will cause the gnocchi to become gummy and dense. So mix till it until it just comes together and you can roll the mix out on a counter top.) Dust the counter top with flour and taste the gnocchi for correct seasoning. Add salt if needed. Roll out into a long tube and cut into 1-inch pieces with a floured knife. Place cut gnocchi on a piece of parchment and keep in refrigerator till service time.

    FOR Sauce:

    Reduce the Pinot Noir to 4 oz, then add the stock and reduce to sauce consistency. Whisk in the butter and keep warm. Sauté the pea shoots with oil over med- high heat, season with salt and reserve. Have a pot of boiling water to cook the gnocchi, ready for assembly of the dish. Season the dory fillets with salt and pepper and sauté over med- high heat. Sauté till golden brown, flip and continue until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. (Dory cooks pretty fast.) Tip the gnocchi into the boiling water. When they float, remove from the water. Drain and place in the pan with the pea shoots. Heat the fava beans in the boiling water for 20 seconds and place in the same pan with the gnocchi and greens.

    To Serve:

    Put approx. 2 oz (4 Tblsp) sauce on each plate, add the pea shoots, fava beans and the gnocchi, and then top with the fish.

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