This recipe was provided by Tom Colicchio, a restaurant owner and head judge of the popular Bravo series "Top Chef."



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  • Wrap bay leaf, rosemary, 2 sprigs thyme, peppercorns, and fennel seeds in a piece of cheesecloth and tie to form a bouquet garni; set aside. In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, fennel, celery, and garlic; saute until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour over wine and stock, add bouquet garni, and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the liquid thickens to a sauce consistency, 45 to 60 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, reserving liquid.

  • Place cipollini onions in a roasting pan over medium heat. Drizzle with 1/2 cup oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Cook for 5 minutes, add mushrooms, and cook until vegetables are tender; set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over high heat. Pat fish dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper. Place in skillet and cook until browned on both sides.

  • Add reserved liquid to a Dutch oven. Whisk in butter, tarragon, remaining 2 sprigs thyme, and vinegar. Add mushroom mixture and fish. Cover, and transfer to oven. Cook until just heated through, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Transfer fish to shallow bowls. Spoon sauce over fish, and serve.

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Rating: Unrated
I think the fat called for in this recipe isn't too much at all. The dish is definitely rich- but I think that the sumptousness comes from the layering of assertive ingredients, like red wine, fennel, woodsy herbs, etc.
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Too much fat!