Episode 222: Seafood Tricks
Little tricks make life in the kitchen so much easier, and Jacques is always ready with tips to simplify or speed up a task. Here he pops clams into the freezer for a few minutes to make opening them a breeze for his Baked Clams Madison. Jacques suggests cod as the perfect choice for those who hesitate to cook fish. It stays moist through cooking and, when topped with an olive crust in Cod in Olive-Tomato Crust, it packs a lot of flavor. Skillet Broccoli Bits make a great pairing with the fish. Finally, warm hazelnut-chocolate spread is mixed with ice cream to form the sauce in Mango with Nutella Sauce.
Minute Recipe: Eggs and Anchovies
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This delicious first course was a favorite at my mother's restaurant in Lyon when I was a teenager. Since I usually have all the garnishes in my refrigerator, nothing could be easier to prepare, but the eggs have to be cooked properly.
Lower 4 large eggs into boiling water to cover, bring the water back to a very low boil, and boil gently for 9 minutes. Pour out the hot water and shake the pan to crack the eggshells. Fill the pan with cold water and ice and let the eggs cool thoroughly. Shell the eggs and halve them lengthwise. Place 2 halved eggs on each of two plates or on a platter. In a small bowl, whisk together until smooth 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon water, 1 tablespoon ketchup, and a good dash of Tabasco hot pepper sauce. Coat the eggs with the sauce. Place 1 anchovy fillet on top of each halved egg. Sprinkle on a few capers. Divide about 1 tablespoon chopped red onion among the four plates. Serve.