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Mon Ami Gabi Skate with Crispy Garlic Chips, Vegetable Salad and Caper Lemon Butter

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  • Chef Bruce Williams serves skate wing with garlic potato chips and summer salad to diners at Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant in Oak Brook.

       Chef Bruce Williams serves skate wing with garlic potato chips and summer salad to diners at Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant in Oak Brook.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer



teaspoon champagne vinegar

1 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of sugar

Salt and pepper

Vegetable Salad

cup tomato, seeded, meat only, skin on, julienne

cup red onion, julienne

cup fennel, julienne

cup haricot vert

Garlic potato chips

3 Idaho potatoes, peeled

1 tablespoon garlic; minced

4 tablespoons pomace olive oil, plus more for frying

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper


2 pieces of skate, 7-8 ounces each

2 tablespoons oil

4 tablespoon unsalted butter

Fresh parsley, for garnish

cup capers

1 lemon, cut into supremes (sections)

For the salad: In a bowl, mix equal parts uncooked julienne red tomato, red onion, fennel and cooked green beans. Toss in vinaigrette and reserve. Note: Haricot vert will change color if salad is not used immediately. Toss haricot at the very last minute

For the chips: Thinly slice potatoes to 1/16 inch lengthwise on a mandolin. Soak slices in water to remove starch. Dry potato slices with a kitchen towel or salad spinner.

Heat oil in a deep skillet to 360 degrees. Fry the potatoes until light golden brown and crispy. Place in a large bowl.

In a saute pan over medium high heat, add 4 tablespoons olive oil and minced garlic and fry until fragrant. Toss olive oil and garlic into the bowl with the potatoes and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Season with salt and black pepper.

For the skate: Season the skate with salt and pepper and coat lightly with flour, shaking off excess. Next, warm 2 tablespoons of oil in a nonstick pan and saute skate on one side for 2 minutes. Turn fish over and cook for an additional 2 minutes and then remove from pan, repeating with each additional piece of fish.

Place lemon supremes and capers in a small bowl; drain oil from pan and add to lemon caper mix. To the pan, add 4 tablespoons unsalted butter; melt and pour over fish.

Arrange lemon supremes evenly over fish, and sprinkle fish with parsley. Finally, plate the skate with garlic potatoes, vegetable salad and serve.

Serves two.

Chef Bruce Williams, Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook

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