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Braised Leeks with Hawaiian Red Snapper Onaga

In the hills and valleys of the Appalachia, the wild leek or ramp is the culinary harbinger of spring. This first allium of the season is at once garlic and scallion, with a pungent and pleasing complexity. As the great Hawaiian fish, onaga or red snapper, nears the end of its season, we celebrate these spring food delicacies by pairing them with Jordan Chardonnay.

Ingredients

  • 2 shallots, finely minced

  • ¾ pound chilled, unsalted butter, cut in ½” cubes

  • 1 cup Jordan Chardonnay

  • 2 ounces Champagne vinegar

  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream

  • 2 lbs leeks, rinsed well and thinly sliced

  • 4 Tbsp peanut oil

  • 6 six-ounce red snapper filets, skin lightly scored

  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Ingredients

  • 2 shallots, finely minced

  • ¾ pound chilled, unsalted butter, cut in ½” cubes

  • 1 cup Jordan Chardonnay

  • 2 ounces Champagne vinegar

  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream

  • 2 lbs leeks, rinsed well and thinly sliced

  • 4 Tbsp peanut oil

  • 6 six-ounce red snapper filets, skin lightly scored

  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

serves 6

For the sauce and leeks

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium-high heat, sweat shallots in 1 tablespoon of butter until just translucent, about 2 minutes. Raise heat to high. Add Chardonnay and Champagne vinegar, and reduce to ¼ cup. Add cream and simmer to thicken for another 2 minutes. 

Whisk in remaining butter over low heat. When the mixture is smooth, add leeks and braise over lowest possible heat until just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 

For the red snapper

Preheat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add oil. Lightly salt the red snapper. When oil begins to shimmer, add red snapper, skin side down. If it begins to buckle, gently flatten with a spatula to ensure even cooking. When skin has crisped, turn the filets and cook until just opaque. Remove fish from the pan before it begins to flake apart. 

To serve, arrange a portion of ramps on each plate and spoon sauce over it. Place red snapper on top and finish with a salad of scallion and shiso or other combination of tender spring greens.

Wine Pairing Suggestions

Every bottle of Jordan is crafted with food in mind. The elegant balance between fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol found in our Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon make them versatile for a variety of food & wine pairings. We’ve selected a few vintages that we believe will complement or contrast flavors in this recipe perfectly.