In 2011 Bert and Tara Gill expanded their family of restaurants to open Blue Gill Quality Food, aiming to provide locally inspired and ingredient driven Florida centric cuisine in a casual atmosphere. While the printed menu has evolved to display a selection of guest favorites, the wall-sized chalkboard at the front of the restaurant displays a constantly changing selection of seasonal features, which can include different preparations of local fish, house charcuterie, duroc pork chop, and duck, to name a few. Like the food, the featured cocktail selection at Blue Gill is curated with the same care and focus on seasonal produce with the aim to use spirits as a way to showcase and amplify other flavors. Whether you’re there for a drink after work or a party in the large private dining room, the team at Blue Gill strives to consistently provide an authentic and welcoming experience.
Pan Seared Pompano with Ham Hock Stewed White Acre Peas
Stewed White Acre Peas
1lb white acre peas
¼ cup Ham hock jus
1 Tomato, diced
1 cup Fish stock
4oz Shredded ham hock
1 Onion, diced
3 cloves Garlic
1 Red pepper, diced
Blanch white acre peas by dropping into boiling water for 90secs, and then immediately removing from the boiling water and dropping into an ice water bath.
Heat 1tbsp butter in a large skillet, sauté onions until sweated, add garlic, red pepper, & tomato. Cook for 2-3min. Add ham hock, ham hock jus, fish stock, & white acre peas. Simmer for 5min or until peas are cooked.
Dice 1 red onion
Heat butter in a sauté pan and sweat onions
Add ¼ cup white wine and 2oz apple cider vinegar
Continue to sauté until liquid has evaporated
Remove from heat
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch tarragon
1 bunch chervil
1 bunch chives
Chiffonade all herbs & mix together
Fines Herbes Squash
4 zucchini, 4 crookneck squash, sliced into 1 inch pieces
Salt & pepper squash and zucchini, lightly coat with evoo & roast for 5-10 minutes at 400F, or until slightly tender
Toss with acidulated onion & fines herbes
Sauté until cooked
1 pompano filet
Heat butter in a saute pan
Add pompano skin side down
Pan sear for 5 minutes then flip and sear for 2min.
Add stewed white acre peas to a large bowl, add fine herbs squash, place pompano on top. Garnish with picked okra and cherry tomatoes.