International Cinema’s Le Grand Aioli recipe

Contemporary native seafood is likely one of the nice perks of dwelling within the Bay Space. At International Cinema, Gayle Pirie and John Clark’s restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission district, that proximity to the ocean is well known with a Grand Aioli, an informal French feast that facilities round a garlicky, golden aioli and a platter of contemporary greens — inexperienced beans, heirloom tomatoes, roasted fingerlings — and seafood for dipping. Served at room temperature, Le Grand Aioli is a scrumptious and laid-back technique to entertain.

The brand new “International Cinema Cookbook” (Abrams Books, 2018) consists of all of the how-tos for a model served with roasted salmon and poached squid. However prawns or Dungeness crab, once they start arriving in markets this season, would make a beautiful addition to the feast — or an alternative choice to squid, if you happen to’re not enamored with tentacles.

Pirie makes use of a court docket bouillon — a inventory made from wine, greens and aromatics — to poach seafood, comparable to squid. And if you happen to’re getting ready a complete lineup of crustaceans, you should utilize the identical huge pot of court docket bouillon to poach shrimp, lobster and crab in succession.

Right here’s the way it’s executed, International Cinema fashion.

Le Grand Aioli

Serves 4


1 pound skinless king salmon fillet or different fish, pin bones eliminated

2 teaspoons kosher salt, for the salmon

½ pound squid, cleaned, patted dry, our bodies reduce into 1-inch rings and tentacles intact (non-obligatory)

2 cups Court docket Bouillon (recipe follows), if utilizing squid

3 to 4 agency, hefty heirloom tomatoes, peeled

Handful of haricots verts or different inexperienced beans, stem ends trimmed

Handful of inexperienced or yellow Romano beans, stem ends trimmed

6 small turnips, reduce into ¼-inch items

Roasted fingerling potatoes (recipe follows)

½ cup combined fruity entire olives, rinsed, patted dry, and tossed in olive oil to coat

Further-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Contemporary basil sprigs, for garnishing

Heat sliced bread, for serving

Aioli (see recipe under), for serving

Flaky salt, comparable to Maldon, for serving


  1. Place an oven rack within the middle of the oven and warmth the oven to 350 levels. Line a roasting pan with parchment paper.
  2. Sprinkle the salmon throughout with the salt and place on the ready pan. Roast till medium-rare: agency to the contact with slightly give and translucent within the middle, 13 to fifteen minutes. Let the fish relaxation for a couple of minutes.
  3. If utilizing squid, poach it in simmering court docket bouillon for two to three minutes, till opaque. Use a slotted spoon to switch the squid to a bowl.
  4. Slice the tomatoes into wedges of various sizes; put aside.
  5. Carry a big pot of salted water to a boil, add the haricot verts and blanch till simply cooked by way of however not fully comfortable, about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to switch the beans to a plate to chill. Repeat to blanch the Romano beans, then the turnips in the identical method.
  6. To serve, pull the salmon into 4 small slabs and organize them on a serving platter. Scatter the squid on high. Prepare the tomato wedges, beans, turnips, potatoes and olives attractively on the platter. Drizzle oil over the fish and greens, adopted by a scattering of basil, tearing the leaves as you go. Serve the platter with heat bread, bowls of aioli and a small dish of flaky salt alongside.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Serves 4 to six


1½ kilos French Rose or Banana fingerling potatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for serving

6 unpeeled cloves garlic, evenly crushed

6 sprigs contemporary thyme

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for serving


  1. Toss potatoes in a medium bowl with the oil, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and salt. Place the potatoes in a 10-inch skillet and add ¼ cup water. Cowl with a tight-fitting lid and prepare dinner over medium-low warmth, till the potatoes are tender and may simply be pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 25 to half-hour. Cool barely, then peel the potatoes.
  2. Warmth oven to 400 levels. Lower the potatoes in half lengthwise and roast them with a little bit of oil and salt till they’re warmed all through and tinged with bronzed ideas and a pale floor crust, about 5 minutes.


Makes 1 cup


2 small cloves garlic, peeled

Pinch of kosher salt

1 massive egg yolk

¾ cup gentle olive oil

¼ cup fruity extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Pound the garlic and salt in a mortar and pestle right into a puree. Switch to a medium bowl and whisk within the egg yolk. Whereas persevering with to whisk, add the gentle oil drop by drop, incorporating every drop earlier than including the following.
  2. Because the combination thickens and emulsifies, enhance to a gradual, regular stream, persevering with to whisk vigorously, till you’ve got added the entire gentle oil. The combination needs to be thick and shiny. Add water a teaspoon at a time if the combination turns into too tight to whisk.
  3. End by whisking within the extra-virgin oil in a gradual stream. Style and add salt, if desired. Aioli is at its finest the day it’s made. Refrigerate leftover aioli in an hermetic container for as much as 2 days; whisk briefly earlier than utilizing.

Court docket Bouillon for Shrimp, Crab and Lobster

Serves 4 to six

Court docket Bouillon:

4 quarts chilly water

1 cup dry white wine

½ cup kosher salt

1 lemon, reduce into 4 wedges

1 yellow onion, reduce into 4 wedges

1 rib celery, reduce into 2-inch  items

1 small carrot, reduce into 2-inch items

1 teaspoon entire black peppercorns

1 tablespoon entire coriander seeds

1 tablespoon entire fennel seeds

A number of sprigs contemporary thyme

3 bay leaves, evenly crushed


1 pound massive shrimp

1-pound Maine lobster

2-pound Dungeness crab


  1.  In a big nonreactive sauce pot, mix the court docket bouillon elements. Place over excessive warmth and produce to a boil. Scale back the warmth and simmer, uncovered, for quarter-hour. Place a strainer over one other massive pot or bowl and pour the bouillon by way of, urgent evenly on the greens to extract their taste. Discard the solids. Use the broth instantly, or refrigerate as much as 2 days (or freeze as much as 1 month).
  2. To prepare dinner the shellfish: Carry the court docket bouillon to a rolling boil over excessive warmth. Place the shrimp in a slotted pasta basket and plunge them into the boiling court docket bouillon for two minutes, or till the shells are shiny and really feel agency to the contact. Switch the shrimp to a big rimmed baking sheet to chill.
  3. Carry the court docket bouillon again to a full boil and add the lobster. As soon as the water returns to a boil (about 1 minute), prepare dinner the lobster for 8½ to 9 minutes longer, till the shell turns shiny pink. Switch to the baking sheet with the shrimp to chill.
  4. Add 4 cups of chilly water to the bouillon and produce it again to a full boil once more. Add the crab, convey the broth again to a boil, and prepare dinner for 10 minutes longer. Switch to the baking sheet with the shrimp and lobster and let cool fully, about 10 minutes. Discard the used court docket bouillon.
  5. As soon as the crab is cool sufficient to deal with, clear it and rinse it underneath cool operating water. Cool barely, then reduce the crab in half and reduce the legs and physique into 8 items, evenly cracking them on the joints.

— From “The International Cinema Cookbook” by Gayle Pirie and John Clark, printed by Abrams Books ©2018


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