I have a new blog to which I have become addicted. I found Chef Dennis some weeks ago. Actually, he found me. I received an email from him asking permission to use one of my photos. I had no problem with his request and got very interested in what his blog looked like.
Chef Dennis is the Chef director of dining services at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Pennsylvania. He cooks for 560 girls every day, and I think he is amazing. I have emailed him with questions about blogging, specifically photos, and have always gotten an immediate response. He is definitely worth reading. Please go to More Than a Mountful and check out his great food blog.
This evening we deviated from one of his recipes slightly, but still found it delightful. A change because monk fish is impossible to find around here, we substituted cod. Instead of broccolini, we switched to spinach. This dish is very, very nice, and I know we will make it often. Thanks, Chef!!
Monk Fish Scampi
12-14 ounces of cleaned monk fish
6 Jumbo shrimp, cleaned and deveined
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
splash of white wine
2 oz. chicken stock
1/2 cup canned plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup broccolini cooked and chopped
1/4 cup cooked linguine
2 tbsp Romano cheese
1 tbsp butter
Cook monk fish with olive oil and sea salt and black pepper to taste. Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 18 minutes, depending upon thickness of fillet. In a saucepan, add olive oil, chopped garlic and gently saute garlic and then add shrimp and plum tomatoes.
Saute shrimp until almost done, remove from pan. Add splash of white wine to stop cooking and deglaze pan. Add chicken stock and Romano cheese. Remove 1/3 of sauce from pan and add to shrimp on the side.
Now add chopped broccolini to the pan and continue to saute. Then add cooked linguine and toss to mix and remove from heat.
In another pan reheat the shrimp and sauce as soon as the monk fish is done. Add one tablespoon butter to the scampi sauce while reheating and top sauce with shrimp over the monk fish. Serve with the pasta.
In addition to switching to cod and spinach, we also used Parmesan instead of Romano. Next time I would add red pepper flakes for an extra kick.