Premier Series

April, 2014

Grilled Striped Bass with Plums and Potato-Mushroom Papillotes

This month Castoro Cellars provided not one BUT TWO recipes to pair with of this month's featured wine. Pair this recipe with the Castoro Cellars 2012 Reserve Paso Robles Estate Grown Viognier.


• 1 lb fingerling potatoes, scrubbed
• 1/2 pound hen-of-the-woods or oyster mushrooms, thickly sliced lengthwise
• 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp tamari
• 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
• 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
• salt and freshly ground pepper
• Four 6-ounce striped bass fillets, skinned
• 2 tsp chopped rosemary
• 4 round purple plums, halved and pitted
• watercress sprigs, for garnish

Light a grill. Preheat the oven to 500°F. In a medium saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook the potatoes until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool. Peel the potatoes and halve them lengthwise.

Tear off four 20-by-14-inch sheets of parchment or foil. Spread equal amounts of potatoes and mushrooms on half of each sheet. In a small bowl, mix the tamari with the vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Drizzle over the potatoes and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Fold the sheets over the vegetables and crimp to seal, if using parchment; if using foil, fold in the edges to seal the packages. Transfer the papillotes to 2 baking sheets and bake for about 15 minutes, or until sizzling.
Drizzle the bass fillets with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil, sprinkle with the rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the plums with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Grill the bass over high heat until nicely charred and just cooked, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Grill the plums, cut side down, until lightly charred, about 2 minutes per side.

Transfer the bass fillets and plums to four plates. Set a papillote on each plate and open it, pouring out the potatoes, mushrooms and any juices. Watch out for the hot steam. Serve garnished with watercress.

Note: The cooked, peeled potatoes can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.