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This versatile dish is by chef Troy Rhoades-Brown from Muse in Pokolbin and will be created at the 2012 'Food Fight' event in the Hunter Valley. Coming into spring this makes for a fantastic lunch or dinner. Serve with a potato salad and a bowl of mixed leaves.
Lightly score the skin of the red mullet with a sharp knife taking care not to cut through the flesh, set aside at room temperature.
Place the fennel bulbs upright on your chopping board and slice fine leaving the core intact when possible. Chop the parsley fine then add the zest of two blood orange. Remove the skin from all the blood oranges and roughly slice into pieces.
Take a large non-stick fry pan and place on a medium-high heat.
Salt and pepper the skin of the red mullet.
Add a small amount of vegetable oil to the pan and place the red mullet skin side down for approximately 4 minutes. Once you have achieved a lovely crispy skin, flip the fish and cook for a further 1 minute. Remove the fish from the pan and rest on some paper towel. Add your sliced fennel to the same hot pan and cook for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add your butter, capers, parsley, zest and blood orange.
Place the fish on the plate, spoon over your blood orange and fennel butter. Garnish with toasted almonds and watercress.
• This dish is so versatile, if you can’t find red mullet use your favourite fish. I recommend ocean trout, Spanish mackerel, John Dory or whiting
• If you can’t find blood oranges some good ruby navel oranges will be just as good. Depending on your guests I also like to sneak a little bit of chopped anchovy into the butter as well.
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