Friday, July 19, 2013

FFWD~ Mediterranean Swordfish with Frilly Herb Salad

Mediterranean Swordfish with Frilly Herb Salad

This weeks French Friday recipe is for Mediterranean Swordfish, with Frilly Herb Salad.  Fish dishes are always winners in my house so, I was enthusiastic about making this recipe.  I knew it would be a winner with my husband!
My husband loves fish. I think it’s in his DNA.  His family comes from Holland, and the Dutch are big fish eaters. His parents and brother were stranded here, during the second world war.  My husband often tells stories of his father’s brother coming to visit ( he was a steward for Holland America Lines ) and always brought a huge jar of pickled herring. The Dutch love their pickled herring!  His father and uncle would break that jar open, sit around the kitchen table, reminiscing, laughing, and eating that very stinky fish all evening. My husband said the house would smell of pickled herring for days! Thank goodness this recipe is for Swordfish and not pickled herring!

A wonderful dinner…with very little fuss
Since this week has been excruciatingly hot in N.J. ( my thermometer read 100 degrees this afternoon ) I went with the grilling option for the Swordfish. Making the marinade should have been easy.  I got out all the ingredients, then realized I didn’t have any capers.  I wasn’t making a trip to the grocery store an hour before dinner so, I searched my pantry and found a jar of Kalamata olive spread.  Not capers, but with a salty briny taste. I thought it would work just fine in the marinade.  It did!  I mixed up the marinade using the olive oil, fresh lemon juice, grated lemon zest, capers Kalamata olive spread, and onions. It was quite easy. I then placed the fish and some rosemary into the marinade.  The fish should marinate for at least one to  four hours, turning the fish often. While the fish was marinating, I made my salad.  The lettuce and arugula in my garden have been very productive this week. I knew I had to use those lovely greens. I also threw in some herbs, parsley, tarragon, thyme and oregano. I  served my swordfish with the salad and some oven roasted potatoes.  This fish took very little effort to prepare and grill.  Perfect for the heat wave we’ve been having!  Simply delicious!
Happy Friday everyone!  Stay cool!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” or here. To see what other Dorista’s are doing check it out here.

 Marinating the swordfish
Grilling

Bon Appetit!! 

26 comments:

  1. My hubby has started to eat salmon and shrimp...but swordfish did not tempt him at all. So glad you two enjoyed this!

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  2. They must not make pickled herrings like they used to because my house doesn't smell like fish for days. LOL Great substitution of tapenade. Love the colour of the fish from grilling!

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  3. I think I will try this with salmon. thanks for sharing :)

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  4. At one point we had neighbors from Holland and they loved their pickled herring! They also loved a sweet cherry wine that was quite delicious! Your fish looks delicious!

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  5. Oh my gosh, ! I am seriously in love with these!I love swordfish

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  6. Beautiful grilled fish dinner Kathy...hope your days cool down a bit 100 degrees is too hot ! I lived in Holland and remember the pickled herring but never tried it - smelled bad I guess !? Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool ;)

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  7. I love grilled swordfish, but I've never marinated it before. I'll have to try this one.

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  8. Fish is always the best choice especially when the weather is hot. It is nutritious filling yet light enough to not burden your stomach! This swordfish is just perfect!

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  9. My grandfather was half Dutch/ half English and he always had some kind of odd (to me) fish tins hanging around when I was little. I wonder if it was herring?
    Your meal looks great :-)

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  10. Yikes! It has been hot in your neck of the woods. Your swordfish turned out great, and it looks delicious.

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  11. Your swordfish looks AMAZING. It is my husband's absolute favorite food, so I know he'll be drooling when I show him these pictures. Thank you for sharing! What a perfect summer meal!

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  12. Your meal looks a lot like mine I liked potatoes with it.... it was wonderful. Better pickled herring than sardines. That's what the old Italians ate around our table as they drank wine and smoked really cheap cigars.

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  13. Looks great, Kathy! I love fish, but NOT pickled herring! I enjoyed this one. Nothing like herbs fresh from your garden. Hope you are staying cool. It was over 100 here, both in Massachusetts, and Maine (where we were hoping it was cooler) -- it was not.

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  14. So meaty and succulent! Perfect served with a seasonal salad.

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  15. Kathy, what a wonderful grilled sworfish dish you prepared and what a delicious substitution the Kalamata olive spread must have been! And how nice that you also used some arugula from your garden for the salad. I so enjoyed reading about that pickled herring too!
    I decided to skip this Friday since it was the last day of school yesterday and we wanted to take the kids on a lovely afternoon trip to amazing Cologne and I just felt like blogging about that instead...
    Have a wonderful weekend filled with fun and delicious summer treats! And do stay cool (if possible)!

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  16. Your Mediterranean Swordfish with Frilly Herb Salad is a lovely meal and it's definitely something my family would enjoy. :) Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Great idea to grill the fish, Kathy. Yours looks perfect!

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  18. A beautiful grilling here. It would have been a crime here to do anything other than grill swordfish if you ask me. I enjoyed the story regarding the pickled herring! lol.

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  19. Looks beautiful with your garden-fresh salad and potatoes!

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  20. Kathy, I would love to grill a beautiful swordfish; which in my opinion is the best fish for the grill! Yours looks so inviting, succulent, and totally perfect! Now...please pass me a plate of that deliciousness!

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  21. We really loved the swordfish, had not eaten it in years, but will definitely make this again. I just scrolled down to your summer
    tart and that looks fantastic. I just bookmarked it and hope to try it soon.

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  22. Kathy I love this look delicious!

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  23. I've seen this on other blogs. It looks delicious! What a yummy dinner!

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  24. Your salad looks delicious. I wish I had thought to add some other salad greens.

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  25. Hi kathy, finally got to read about Dad and Bill. Such a lovely memory. We kids didn't mind the herring so much, except for the smell, because my Uncle always bought us a box of cookies from the kitchens of the HAL.....most of them had dark choclate on them somewhere. My Dad would have loved this swordfish. I am the only one in the family who doesn't much like fish. Maybe it was the smell as a child that turned me off LOL xoxoxo Great pictures wonderful story lovely meal.

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