Hello Grill

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and I would be lying if I did not tell you how much I'm looking forward to the warmer temperatures that are about to come our way this weekend.

Heck, I even went outside to my grill last night to reintroduce myself..." Uh, hello grill, I don't know if you remember me, I'm Mark the half Lebanese fishmonger" my grill responded with a slightly perturbed tone, "Yeah, I remember you, just out of curiosity, where the hell have you been?" I was taken back by this and clearly remember what I said in late fall to the grill "You really don't remember when I said, I probably won't be seeing you for a while with Winter on the way..." but the Grill persisted "Really, All I remember is all the great times you had with me last Summer as I grilled your clams, shrimp and untold whole Branzini" Whoa, this just got weird I thought and quite frankly, a little uncomfortable but I took a deep breath and stated "You know, the propane flows both ways grill, you could have at least waved at me when I was having a cigar outside this past Thanksgiving" thinking that I had successfully flipped the script on the grill.

However, according to my grill I was dead wrong and then she really let me have it by barking out "Really, Really, I've seen at least four of your neighbors grilling Swordfish and Tuna this winter and Bill, your next store neighbor, even treated his grill to a gorgeous ring of Kielbasa you ungrateful *#!@%" Whoa, that stung and without another word I immediately covered the grill and thought it best to let her cool off until spring.

Seriously, I was just trying to keep in touch and it really blew up in my face...it wasn't just me right? Anyway, I sincerely hope you all savor this weekend's respite from the bone chilling cold and I for one, will not be using my grill. That said, I have created some really fantastic recipes, that are not for the grill, which I sincerely hope you will enjoy featuring, Pan Roasted Halibut with a Spicy Pistachio Pesto & Oven-Roasted Zaatar Branzino and Fingerling Potatoes with a Sesame Yogurt Drizzle. Oh and by the way, I did also take the propane tank off the grill as well... childish perhaps but I think I got my point across.

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Pan Roasted Halibut with a Spicy Pistachio Pesto Serves 4 Should you suffer from chronic dry mouth, then I suggest reading this recipe and be prepared for a full case of mouthwatering. A bib or paper towel might be nice to have on hand.

Ingredients For the Halibut 4-Halibut fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin removed: Grouper would also work well 4 tablespoons of olive oil plus 2 more tablespoons for cooking Salt and Pepper 4 cloves of garlic minced The juice of 1½ limes 1 small white or yellow onion chopped about 1 cup ½ cup dry white wine 2/3 cup of fish or chicken stock For the Pistachio Pesto 1/3 cup of olive oil ½ cup roasted, salted shelled pistachios 1 small jalapeño pepper seeds discarded roughly chopped (keep the seeds in if you dig the heat) 1 clove of garlic roughly chopped The juice of ½ a lime about 2 teaspoons 1 cup fresh mint leaves 2 scallions very thinly sliced ½ cup Romano cheese

How it's done

First let's make the Pistachio Pesto by combining the olive oil with the pistachios, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, and a pinch of salt in a small food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.

Add a pinch of pepper, the mint, and half of the scallions (the remaining scallions will be for garnish) and process until well combined but finely ground and not totally smooth.

Add a splash of water and the cheese and pulse to just incorporate; adjust seasoning if necessary (it will not be totally smooth, you want it a little rustic).

To make the halibut combine the garlic, lime juice, onion, white wine and fish stock in a food processor and "whizz" until smooth; season with salt and pepper and "whizz" again to combine.

Preheat your oven to 425° degrees.

Place the Halibut fillets in a pie plate or rimmed dish and pour over ¼ of the garlic lime mixture.

Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil a large non-stick oven proof skillet over medium high heat.

Remove halibut from marinade and pat dry.

Season both sides of the fillet with salt and pepper.

When the oil is just starting to smoke, sear the fish, flesh side down first for 2 to 3 minutes.

Flip and cook for another minute or two.

Next pour the remaining lime garlic mixture into the skillet over the fish and place in the oven to roast for 6 to 8 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the fish to a large serving platter and spoon over any pan juices.

Place a dollop of the pesto on each fillet and sprinkle over the remaining scallions.

Should your mouthwatering not subside, please feel free to eat over the kitchen sink to prevent any unnecessary table cleaning.

Oven-Roasted Zaatar Branzino and Fingerling Potatoes with a Sesame Yogurt Drizzle Serves 4 Roasting whole fish is not only a delightful way to pay homage to the treasures of the briny deep but for me, a half-Lebanese fishmonger, a great excuse not to use my fork.

Ingredients For the Fish 2 Branzino about 1½ pounds each scaled and gutted...this is a Job that a Metro Seafood associate would perform with enthusiasm and love ¼ cup of olive oil 3 tablespoons of Zaatar spice; Found at most Middle Eastern Bazars and at Metro Seafood 1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper flakes (less if the delectable heat scares you) 1 tablespoon of kosher salt ½ cup fresh chopped parsley and lemon wedges for garnish For the Sesame Yogurt Drizzle ½ cup of Tahini paste (Yes, Metro has this) ½ cup of Lebneh or Greek Yogurt The juice of 1 lemon Salt to taste

For the Roasted Potatoes 2 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved lengthways 1 yellow onion, sliced thin 3 tablespoons of olive oil 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted 4 cloves of garlic minced fine 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon of kosher salt

How it's done Preheat the oven to 400° degrees

Line a large rimmed baking pan with foil. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients. Pour into the baking pan and place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile to prepare the fish, combine the Zaatar, red pepper flakes, salt and olive oil in a small bowl until it forms a paste.

Place the fish on a platter and with your hands, rub the Zaatar paste all around and in the chest cavity of the fish; season the fish, both inside and out with a little more salt and cover with plastic wrap at room temperature while the potatoes are cooking.

When the timer on the potatoes goes off, check to see that they are almost done with a fork.

Next place the fish on top of the potatoes and place in the oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until just opaque when fork tested.

While the fish is roasting, make the Sesame Yogurt drizzle by whisking the ingredients together in small bowl and season to taste with salt.

To serve, transfer the fish to a large serving platter and spoon the potatoes around the fish along with any pan juices. Drizzle a little of the Sesame drizzle over the entire platter and garnish with the chopped parsley.

Serve the rest of the Sesame drizzle on the side and know that with a simple salad and extra napkins this could just be the best damn thing you made in your piscivorous life.

EAT FISH LOVE LONGER!

Mark J. Drabich President Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet P 908-840-4332 F 908-506-0293 Email: mark@metroseafood.com 1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833

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