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  • 1/2 pounds - Bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves - Garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups - Mustard Greens, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • - Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cups - Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups - White Beans, cooked
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons - Butter
  • 4 - Pike Fillets, or salmon or lake trout
  • 1 teaspoons - Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 cups - Mixed Fresh Herbs, chopped, firmly packed
  • 1 - Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoons - Olive Oil
  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    2. Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon and brown for about 2 minutes. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat. Add garlic and fry for about 30 seconds. Add greens and stir until wilted, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add stock to greens and bacon. Cook for 1 minute, then add cooked white beans. Once beans are warmed through, after about 1 minute, fold in butter. Scrape beans-and-greens mixture into a bowl, along with its cooking liquid. Set aside and keep warm.

    4. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper on both sides. Wipe off cast-iron pan and place it over medium-high heat. Add grapeseed oil and then fish. Brown fillets for 1½ minutes on each side. Transfer pan to preheated oven and cook fish for 3½ minutes more. Meanwhile, put herbs in a small bowl and add lemon juice and olive oil. Toss and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    5. To serve: Spoon the stew of beans and greens onto a platter. Top with fish fillets and garnish with dressed herbs.

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    Seasonal dish

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    Category:  Fish or seafood

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 15 min


    WSJ Off Duty, 9/15/2012, Chef Colby Garrelts, Rye, Leawood, MO

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    September 20, 2012

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