Dukkah Coated Garfish with Chickpeas, Fennel and Parsley Salad
Step 1: To prepare the salad soak the chickpeas overnight in a large pot of water – the water should come at least 5cm above the peas.
Step 2: Drain the chickpeas and put them in a fresh pot of water.
Step 3: Peel and quarter the brown onion and add it to the pot with the thyme tied into a bundle.
Step 4: Place the pot over a high heat and bring to the boil, then immediately turn the heat down to a simmer and cook slowly for about 1½ hours. When cooked, drain the chickpeas and discard the thyme, and onion.
Step 5: Finely dice the red onion, celery and fennel.
Step 6: Pluck the leaves from the parsley, discarding the stalks, and toss through the warm chickpeas with the chopped vegetables.
To make the vinaigrette
Step 7: Peel and chop the garlic roughly and then cream it with the salt by dragging the back of a large knife over it a number of times on a chopping board. In a mixing bowl whisk the Aged Red Wine Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and creamed garlic until amalgamated, then dress the salad while the chickpeas are still warm.
Step 8: To crumb the garfish, dust each fillet in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in the beaten egg and finally coat in the Dukkah.
Step 9: Heat a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a large nonstick frying pan, and gently fry each side of the fillets until golden brown, being careful not to overcook – you may need to cook the fish in batches. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper.
Step 10: Place the cooked garfish on a serving platter with a generous squeeze of lemon and serve with chickpea salad.
150g 2/3 cup Dukkah
1 squeeze lemon juice
30ml For frying Extra Virgin Olive Oil
120g 2 free range eggs beaten
50g seasoned flour
800g 8 100g garfish fillets
20ml 1 tbspn Aged Red Wine Vinegar
80ml 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
To taste salt flakes
8g 2 cloves garlic