Striped Bass with Summer Beans and Heirloom Tomatoes
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This recipe is from The New Greenmarket Cookbook, which is near and dear to my heart. This labor of love was written by my former manager and mentor Gabrielle Langholtz, who is also the editor of Edible Manhattan and former editor of Edible Brooklyn. It is a compilation of seasonal recipes from New York’s best chefs and even some of the farmers who grow our produce, needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! Fortunately, as someone with close ties to Greenmarket, even eight years after my departure, I was able to purchase one of the first copies at the book release party. Very exciting! It was spring when I first thumbed through the cookbook, but I, of course, longingly turned to summer’s recipes. So, the minute I saw the season’s first green beans and tomatoes at the market I made this dish.

I couldn’t find stripped bass that day so I substituted it with halibut. Just make sure to use a thick(ish) white fish.

2 TB. olive oil
4 5-ounce fillets striped bass
1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed and halved
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 medium shallot, peeled and sliced
1 TB. thyme leaves
2 large heirloom tomatoes, diced, juices reserved
salt and pepper to taste
half a lemon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a 12-inch oven-safe saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to coat the bottom. Season the fish with salt and pepper and place in the pan, skin side down. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy. Transfer to the oven until just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat another 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the green beans, season with salt and pepper, and cook until slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, shallot and thyme. Add the tomato and its juices and cook until the tomato stews down, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the stewed tomatoes and green beans in a shallow bowl and top with the stripped bass. Finish with a squeeze of lemon.

Corn on the cob

Boil water in a pot, put shucked corn in the water, turn off the heat and put a lid on your pot. Wait 10 minutes or so. Eat with lots of butter, salt and pepper.