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Monkfish Fillet with Duck Breasts and Green Beans


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Monkfish Fillet with Duck Breasts and Green Beans
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Here is how to prepare a classy main course: roasted monkfish fillet coated with thinly sliced duck breasts, green beans and mushrooms.

For the monkfish
For the salad
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  • Recipe category Main course
  • Recipe yield 4

How to prepare the duck breasts and the monkfish fillet 

  • Score a criss-cross pattern into the skin and fat of the duck breast using the tip of a sharp knife.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper and place skin-side down in a cold frying pan.
  • Place the pan over a medium-low heat, leaving the fat to render from the breast, about 8 minutes.
  • Flip the breast and cook for a further 8-10 minutes, basting with the rendered fat from time to time, until the breast is firm yet springy when pressed.
  • Remove the duck from the pan and leave to drain on kitchen paper, covered loosely with aluminium foil.
  • Season the monkfish fillets with salt and pepper.
  • Wipe clean the pan used to cook the duck with kitchen paper. Set the pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil and butter.
  • Once the butter stops foaming, carefully place the monkfish fillets in the pan and leave them to cook undisturbed for 4-5 minutes until the flesh is firm yet springy when pressed, turning once.
  • Remove from the pan to a plate lined with kitchen paper.
  • Cover loosely with aluminium foil.

How to prepare the green beans salad

  • Blanch the green beans in a large saucepan of salted, boiling water for 2 minutes.
  • Drain well and refresh in iced water.
  • Drain again and chop into small pieces.
  • Warm the butter in a large saute pan set over a moderate heat. Add the mushrooms and seasoning, and saute for 4-5 minutes until golden and soft.
  • Add the chopped beans and toss well to mix. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until thoroughly warmed through.
  • Adjust the seasoning to taste and add the torn tarragon sprigs, tossing again to incorporate.

To serve the Monkfish Fillet with Duck Breasts and Green Beans

  • Slice the duck breasts into small pieces.
  • Arrange some of the duck in rows on top of the monkfish fillets and top with a tarragon sprig; set the remaining duck to one side.
  • Tie the duck and tarragon to the fish, at intervals, with kitchen string.
  • If desired, reheat the monkfish in a pan set over a low heat, covered with a lid, for 2 minutes.
  • Spoon the green beans salad onto plates and top with the remaining duck and then the monkfish before serving.

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