Last night I got back from LA (4 hours, a missed flight and a rebooking later than planned) but regardless, I made it. I barely made it in time for a dinner I’d had planned for a good friends birthday, but Matt saved the day when he ran to the market for me to grab everything I needed for the meal.
My friend loves salt crusted baked branzino which we’ve had the pleasure of eating together at a fabulous Italian restaurant in Hong Kong several times. I did a practice run a few weeks ago to be sure that I could successfully pull this off and I’m here to tell you that the hardest part of this dish is ordering the fish from the seafood counter. Luckily, the men a whole foods really know their stuff and when we told them what we were making with the fish, they were able to point me in the right direction.
Truth be told, this photo isn’t a depiction of my actual fish. When it came out of the oven last night (it was beautiful!) but we were all so excited to see it, in all of it’s fish glory, and we were pretty hungry, so I broke rule #1 of food blogging and that is I ate the dish before photographing it. When researching recipes a few weeks ago, however, I’d stumbled upon this one from Skye over at From My Dining Table and it’s a great alternative to mine as it doesn’t use egg if you’re not an egg person. (also, Skye’s blog is gorgeous, so snoop around over there too!)
Like I said, when researching this fish, I meshed together multiple different recipes and the one I landed on is pretty wonderful. Matt, who didn’t eat fish when I met him, said it was phenomenal. And he doesn’t really use words like phenomenal, so maybe it was the wine speaking! Continue Reading…