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Plantain Crusted Salmon



PLANTAIN CRUSTED SALMON
Z'Tejas Southwest Grill Copycat Recipe

Makes 4 servings

Black Bean Mango Relish:
1/2 cup cooked black beans, rinsed (may use canned)
1 ripe mango, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 teaspoon chopped fresh jalapeno
juice of 1 lime

Combine ingredients and chill.

Saffron Aioli:
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon saffron threads
2 egg yolks, at room temperature
1 teaspoon roasted garlic
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar (use 2 for a tarter taste)
salt to taste
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup olive oil or other vegetable oil

Bring wine and saffron to a boil over low heat and simmer for 3 minutes or until wine develops a deep saffron color. Strain and discard saffron. Cool wine completely.

In a blender, puree egg yolks, garlic, vinegar, salt, and pepper flakes for 30 seconds. With blender running, gradually pour in oil and mix until emulsified. Slowly add saffroned wine and blend thoroughly. Chill unless used immediately.

Plaintain Crusted Salmon:
1 plantain, sliced extremely thin, as if for chips (do not substitute bananas)
vegetable oil for frying
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
4 salmon steaks, deboned and cut in 1 1/2 inch wide strips
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
peanut oil for frying

Fry plantain in vegetable oil over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain and dry for 1 hour. Blend in a food processor until finely ground. Add bread crumbs, sugar, and pepper. Process briefly and set aside.

Dip salmon in flour, then eggs, then plantain mixture. Fry over medium high heat, 11/2 minutes to a side or until golden brown, in enough peanut oil to cover fish halfway.

To serve, garnish salmon with aioli and place relish on side.

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