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Serves 2

A CookTale

How often have I praised Mario Batali? I can’t count the times. I was about to prepare his recipe for Swordfish with Leeks and Grapefruit, but there was no Grapefruit. I did have lovely Swordfish from Adam’s Fairacre Farm, a dozen young Leeks, purchased at the Saugerties Farmers Market (from a farmer named Jacob of Deep Roots Farm), and Peaches.
The result was different from Batali’s, but according to my dependable taster, Cathie, it was as good as the Grapefruit version.


3/4 Pound of Swordfish, sliced horizontally into 2 pieces 3/8″ thick, (with a sharp boning knife or by the fishmonger)
Sea or Kosher Salt & Black Pepper
1 TB of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
4 Small Leeks (the white part only, cut 4″ long & sliced horizontally in half)
1 Cup of Orange Juice
1 TB of Dijon Mustard
1 TB of Mustard Seed
1/3 Cup of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 TB of Lemon Juice.
2 Peaches (cut in half)
A pinch of Sugar (to help caramelize the Peaches)


1. Prepare the sauce, by combining the Orange Juice, Dijon Mustard, Mustard Seed & the 1/3 cup EVOO. Whisk together to emulsify.
2. Heat in a small sauce pan. Simmer until it’s reduced to the consistency of heavy cream. Set aside.
2. Season the Swordfish with Salt, Pepper & 1 TB of EVOO.
3. Add Salt & Pepper to the Leeks.
4. Heat another sauce pan with 3″ of water. When it comes to a boil, add 1 TB of Salt & the Leeks. Reduce to a simmer & cook for about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove & plunge into a bowl of ice water. Drain well & set aside.
5. Heat a grill pan to high. Add the 2 slices of Swordfish & grill for no more than 1 minute a side. If you have one, weigh the fish down with a cast iron grill press. Remove & keep warm with a foil cover.
6. In the same grill pan wiped clean, add a splash of EVOO & the Peaches, cut side down. Grill for about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and keep warm with a foil cover.
7. Toss the drained Leeks in the Swordfish/Peaches pan for a few minutes to warm up.
8. Add all the components to serving plates.

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