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Eric Ripert's Surf and Turf
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Eric Ripert's Surf and Turf

  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 15 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4

This luxe surf and turf features escolar, a deliciously fatty fish, and extravagantly marbled Kobe or wagyu beef.

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Pesto

  1. 1 packed cup basil leaves
  2. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
  4. 1/4 cup pine nuts
  5. 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  6. 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  7. 2 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino cheese
  8. Salt and freshly ground pepper

Anchovy Butter Sauce

  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
  3. 1 cup veal demiglace
  4. 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  5. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  6. Salt and freshly ground pepper

Escolar, Beef and Sea Beans

  1. Vegetable oil
  2. Four 3-ounce escolar (sometimes called white tuna) steaks, each about 1 inch thick
  3. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. Four 2-ounce pieces of Kobe or wagyu beef tenderloin, about 1 inch thick
  5. 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  6. 1/4 pound sea beans (see Note)
  7. 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  9. Rounds of fried Asian eggplant, for serving
  1. In a food processor, combine the basil with the oil, tomatoes, nuts and garlic and process to a paste. Stir in the cheeses and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, blend the butter with the anchovy paste and refrigerate. In a small saucepan, boil the demiglace with the herbes de Provence until reduced to › cup, 3 minutes. Strain the sauce into a clean saucepan and stir in the vinegar. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Off the heat, whisk in the anchovy butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Season with salt and pepper, cover and keep warm.
  3. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. Oil the fish, season with salt and pepper and grill over high heat until browned on the outside and rare within, 1 minute per side.
  4. Season the beef with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the herbes de Provence. Heat a skillet. (If not using Kobe or wagyu beef, heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil until shimmering.) Add the meat and cook over high heat until browned outside and medium-rare within, 2 minutes per side.
  5. In a bowl, toss the sea beans with the olive oil and lemon juice; season with pepper.
  6. Place dots of pesto on each plate and top with rounds of fried Asian eggplant. Arrange the fish and beef on the plates and garnish with the sea beans. Spoon the anchovy butter sauce over the beef and serve.
Notes Sea beans are intensely salty sea vegetables. They are available at specialty-food markets or from sidwainer.com.

Suggested Pairing

For wine, Aldo Sohm's pick is an equally luxurious red Bordeaux.