In the Bender Kitchen: Summer Swordfish Recipe

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Chef Silvio Suppa, executive chef and owner of famed restaurants WoodWinds and Cafe Allegre shares an exquisite recipe for swordfish sure to catch a splash this summer. Check out the recipe below.


Mediterranean Style Swordfish

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Two 10-ounce swordfish steaks, approximately 1-inch thick.
½ cup all-purpose flour
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/3 cup dry white wine
12 to 15 ripe cherry tomatoes; cut in half
10 to 12 pitted Calamata olives
1 pinch dried oregano
1 tsp capers
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
Salt & freshly ground pepper to your liking
About 1 cup fish stock or water

In a large frying pan heat ¼ cup of oil over high heat until fragrant. When the oil is hot, flour both sides of the fish and place in the hot oil. Sear both sides until golden.

Lower the heat to medium, add the garlic, white wine, cherry tomatoes, olives, oregano, capers half of the basil and some salt and pepper.

Let cook for 2 – 3 minutes, stir the sauce ingredients, and add enough fish stock or water to almost cover the fish.

Cover and let simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, or until fish is firm. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.

Serve over pasta, pouring the sauce over the top. Arrange some sliced, crusty peasant bread on a plate and drizzle the remaining olive oil over it and garnish with basil.

A quick, hearty, healthy meal!

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The WoodWinds of Branford was acquired by The Suppa Family in January 2007. Chef Silvio Suppa and his wife, Vittoria honed their blend of family-style service with the best of old world tastes at Delmonaco’s, on famous Wooster Street, the Little Italy of New Haven. This is where Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street Italian Sauces began as well as a long tradition of offering their guest the highest level of service and exceptional cuisine.

Today, The Allegre Group, the parent company, is composed of Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street Italian Sauces, Café Allegre of Madison, the Inn at Layette, located right above Café Allegre and now The Woodwinds of Branford.

With the accumulated experience of operating all these venues, The Suppa Family knows what it takes to keep their guests coming back. Chef Silvio’s inspirational dining experience has lured customers from all around New England. This culinary experience is now Woodwinds’ standard.

For many years now, the Suppa Family has made many brides’ dreams come true with their intimate garden weddings at Café Allegre. The Suppas know it is the details that make an event special. With the ability to host up to 600 seated guests at WoodWinds and up to 200 seated guests at their restaurant, Café Allegre, the Suppa Family has the perfect venue for all occasions.

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