Decadent Petrale Sole Carbonara | The Natural Method
I wanted some fish for dinner and the petrale sole looked fresh and was reasonably priced at Whole Foods. Thought I would do this with some lemon and butter and herbs until I passed by the BACON! Yum, bacon. I picked up a package of uncured, low sodium bacon and the rest fell into place for my Decadent Petrale Sole Carbonara using some of the harvest from the I'm Fit & Happy garden today. I never really heard of fish and bacon, but anything is good with bacon right? Scallops and bacon work. This is so simple and very quick. Carbonara sans the cream, egg yolk, and pasta.
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- 1lb of Petrale sole
- 1/2 a package of uncured low sodium bacon
- Handful of fresh herbs, I used lemon thyme and sweet basil from the garden. My assistant chopped it up fine.
- Handful of mini tomatoes, the ones that are half the size of a grape tomato
- 1 can of organic coconut milk
- Minced fresh garlic, I use about 7 cloves
- Couple of spicy chilies cut lengthwise
- Heat a skillet to medium and lay in 1/2 a package of bacon (when you say "bacon" in your mind, say it like the dog in the commercial). Cook down the "bacon" and remove from the skillet. Season the sole on one side with some celtic salt and pepper. Lay the sole into the medium hot skillet, in the glorious "bacon" fat, season side down. Now season the other side while it is in the skillet. Cook for a few min and carefully flipover with tongs or something that will do the job without busting up the fish. Cook for another few min, then remove from the skillet and put on a serving plate, tent with foil. The fish will continue to cook, so be sure NOT to overcook in the pan. The sauce is going to take about 5 to 7 min. Don't worry about the fish getting cold, the sauce will be hot when you plate for serving.
- Fish Carbonara RecipeIf your skillet seems to have too much "bacon" fat remaining, pour some out into a can, you need just enough to soften up the garlic. Don't let the garlic get crisp or brown, move it around and pick up all the bits of fish and "bacon" that remain in the skillet. When the garlic is soft, add the herbs, chili, and crisp bacon that you chopped up into nice size chunks. Toss that around to get it started then pour in the entire can of coconut milk. You want to reduced the liquid by at least half. Do this on a low boil and stirring every now and again. When the liquid is reduced by half, dump in the handful of mini tomatoes. Let this go for another 1 - 2 min.
- Fish Carbonara RecipeDump the sauce on top of the fish and serve it up!
- Despite their name, petrale sole are not a true sole and are related more closely to flounder. A sweet, delicately flavored fish, petrale sole has been harvested off the West Coast since World War II. Today, most U.S.-caught petrale sole is harvested by trawlers over sandy, muddy bottoms off Oregon, California, and Washington. Read more HERE.
- According to many studies, bacon is not good for you, especially if you are at risk for certain health conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure. It has high fat content (68 percent of its calories comes from fat, almost half of which is saturated, and one strip can contain up to 3.5 grams of fat), high sodium (one medium slice contains 150mg), and high cholesterol (30mg per ounce, about 4 slices). Cured bacon contains nitrates, and according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, nitrates in food have been linked with cancer. I used uncured, low sodium bacon in this recipe. I would not eat bacon every day, but it sure is GOOD! It is high in protein, vitamins and minerals, including B6, B12, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc, as well as choline, a nutrient which helps improve cognitive performance, memory, mood and mental alertness. For what it's worth, you can read more HERE
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