The chermoula spice paste adds wonderful flavour to the swordfish in this Moroccan recipe. A clever touch is the crunchy fried boulangere potatoes, balanced by the generous serve of fresh herbs on top.
- 4 x 150 g fillet of firm-fleshed white fish
- 300 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 4 stems English spinach
- 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves only
- 1 kg desiree potatoes
- 300 ml chicken stock
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 2 tsp freshly ground white pepper
- 200 g butter, cut into small squares
- olive oil for deep frying
Chermoula (Moroccan spice paste)
- 10 red Asian shallots, finely sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 hot chillies, seeds removed and chopped
- ½ cup coriander leaves, chopped
- ½ cup mint leaves, chopped
- ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 preserved lemon, rind only, chopped
- 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
- 200 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 10 shallots, sliced into rings
- olive oil for deep frying
- 1 bunch chervil, leaves only
- 1 bunch coriander, leaves only
- 3 stems mint, leaves only
- ½ lemon
- extra virgin olive oil
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
You'll need to begin this recipe 1 day ahead
Straining time: overnight
Chilling time: overnight
To make the green oil, put olive oil into a blender. Add the spinach and parsley and blend into a green puree. Strain overnight through a seive lined with a fine coffee filter.
To make the boulangere potatoes, preheat oven to 180ºC. Spray a deep baking tin with non-stick spray and line with non-stick baking paper.
Slice potatoes thinly and place a thin layer on the silicon paper. Add a little chicken stock, salt and pepper, then another layer of potato, a few knobs of butter, stock, salt and pepper. Repeat this process until all the potato is used. Cover with baking paper, wrap in foil and bake for 3 hours.
Remove from oven, cool and place a second tray on top of the covered potato. Place a heavy weight in the second tray and refrigerate the trays overnight.
The following day, turn out and cut the potato into rectangles, about 10 x 5 cm each. (see Note)
To make the chermoula, mix ingredients in a blender until combined and refrigerate in a sealed container.
To make the herb salad. Dust shallots with cornflour and deep fry in some olive oil, quickly until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper. Place the herbs in a bowl with a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and garnish with the fried shallots. Season to taste.
When ready to serve, preheat oven to 180ºC. Deep fry 4 of the potato rectangles in olive oil until golden and place on a baking tray. Place fish fillets on a separate baking tray and spoon over the chermoula.
Bake the potato and fish for 15-20 minutes or until the fish is just cooked through. Place potato in the middle of a plate and place fish on top. Garnish with herb salad and drizzle with the green oil.
You will have some boulangere potato left over for another meal.