Having my dear friend Natasha from 5 Star Foodie back on LC makes me happy.
Natasha, my co-host for our 5 Star Makeover Crew, is one of the best cooks on the net. She's a creative, fearless and inventive cook. Her flavor profiles and course presentations never cease to inspire. Natasha also has a lovely little daughter, 5 Star Foodie Jr, who's a future star in the food world.
A few weeks ago Natasha and I were talking about our love for the sea creature called Mahi Mahi. From those chats our long overdue next collaboration took shape.
Stop by 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures for my Mahi Mahi dish.
Sit back and enjoy the culinary acumen to rise up another level for at least one day on LC. Don't get used to it.
***It has been quite a while since I have been on LC and it is a pleasure to be here again! My friendship with Lazaro has been the best part of blogging for me. Our collaboration posts are always so much fun and inspire me to really focus on what's important for us, food bloggers, and that is to create. I was very excited to work with today's featured ingredient, Mahi Mahi, a delicious fish common in Pacific waters with a Hawaiian name that means "very strong".
The very first time I actually tried Mahi Mahi was in an Italian restaurant, and although I don't remember the way it was prepared then, I decided on making my Mahi dish in the Italian style. I made an open-faced ravioli, circles of handmade delicate egg pasta prepared with the special "00" flour.
The ravioli circles were topped with a melon relish, composed of honeydew melon, cantaloupe, fresh red bell pepper, and green onions. The relish was a very refreshing component bringing a little bit of sweetness and a lot of bright flavors to the dish.
The star part of the dish was the mini Mahi balls, the size the ravioli filling would have been, placed in the center of the melon relish. To make the Mahi balls, I first sauteed the onions and garlic, then put those along with Mahi filets through the grinder. The ground Mahi Mahi mixture was then combined with egg, breadcrumbs, and seasoned with salt and Grains of Paradise. The Mahi balls were tender and had a wonderfully fragrant natural salty flavor.
The crispy fried prosciutto crumbles added a very nice crunchy texture to the dish and went just perfectly with both the melon relish and Mahi balls.
A final finishing touch for the dish was a creamy mint sauce.
This was a very successful dish, with all of the components coming together beautifully.