Baked Sea Bass with Morels and Red Wine Sauce

Baked Sea Bass with Morels and Red Wine Sauce
This is an entrée with a lot "going on" flavor-wise. The clam juice, morels, wine, ramps and fish seem like an unlikely combination. The truth is that this is a beautiful marriage and results in a medley of flavors that sing in unison. You will need some parchment for baking the fish.

1 ½ cups bottled clam juice
¾ oz dried morel mushrooms, reconstituted, rinsed and drained
2 tsp canola oil
2 9-oz sea bass fillets (about 1 ½ inches thick)
2/3 cup dry red wine
2 Tbsp minced ramps
1 ½ tsp cornstarch



Reserve ¼ cup of clam juice, and bring the remaining 1 ¼ cup to a boil in a small saucepan.

Add the dried morels and remove from the heat. Let the mushrooms stand in the clam broth until they're soft. This should take about a half-hour.

Strain the mixture, reserving both the mushrooms and the soaking liquid separately.


Preheat the oven to about 475 degrees.


Use your parchment to form heart-shaped packets. Stack two 14-inch square pieces of parchment, folding in half to form a rectangle. Cut a "valentine" shape out of the parchment, then open the hearts and brush each with oil.


Place 1 fish fillet on half of each heart, sprinkling with salt and pepper. Top the fish with the morels, dividing equally among all the fish.

Fold the parchment over the fish, folding the edges tightly to seal the fish completely. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the fish is opaque in the center. This should take about 15 minutes.


Simmer wine and the ramps in a saucepan until the wine is reduced to about ¼ of a cup, then add the reserved mushroom liquid. Continue to boil until it reduces again, this time to about ½ cup.


Mix the cornstarch in the remaining ¼ cup of clam juice. Whisk it into the sauce and simmer over medium heat until the sauce thickens.



Products suggested for this recipe:

Earthy Delights

2871 Jolly Road

Okemos MI 48864

tel 855.328.8732

fax 517.253.7366

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