Local Grouper, Eggplant Parmeggiana, Tomato Fondue

Local Grouper, Eggplant Parmeggiana, Tomato Fondue

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Ingredients

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4kgs Grouper
350ml Olive Oil
500ml Fish Stock
2kg Aubergine
100gr Parmegiano
100gr Sea Salt
100gr Sugar
1ltr Water
2kgs ripe tomatoes
400ml tomato juice
2pc garlic cloves
50gr leeks
4pc basil leaves
100gr Sea Urchins
10gr ground black pepper
20gr unsalted butter
Cuisine:
  • ~2h
  • Serves 10
  • Medium

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This delicious recipe was provided by Kevin Bonello, Head Chef at the Mondion, Malta. The de Mondion is one of best restaurants in Malta and one of the only three on the island that have been awarded the coveted Michelin star.

Recipe

Scale the fish and fillet. Portion accordingly to 10 equal pieces. Refrigerate.

Brine:

Mix salt, Water and sugar; and set aside.
Peel Aubergine and Slice 6mm wide and add to the brine. Leave for 30minutes. Pet dry and lay on grease proof trays. Season with Sea Salt, Pepper and Olive Oil. Roast for 20minutes at 180degrees.

Tomato Fondue:

Sautee the tomatoes, garlic until caramelized. Add tomato juice and 1tbls of sugar and simmer for 20minutes. Add basil and blend to a fine puree. Season with sea salt and pepper.

Parmeggiana:

In a baking Dish spread the tomato fondue to cover the bottom, place a layer of roasted eggplant slices in the sauce, and sprinkle with parmesan. Repeat with remaining ingredients ending with parmesan.
Bake in a preheated oven for 35mins until golden brown. Leave too cool and refrigerate. Slice accordingly.
Reheat at 180degrees for 4mins.

Slice the Leeks into Fine julienne and fry in oil until golden brown.

In a nonstick pan seal the fish until golden brown. Add Butter and fish stock to the pan simmer for 4mins.

Heat the remaining tomato fondue and add the sea urchin. Finish off with a knob of butter.

Kevin Bonello

Kevin Bonello is Head Chef of the de Mondion, one of three restaurants in Malta to have been awarded the coveted Michelin star.

Set atop the medieval beauty of Mdina, within the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, the de Mondion has been one of the best restaurants in Malta for years.

Find about more about Kevin Bonello here.

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