Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pesto Crusted Halibut

Did you watch Next Food Network Star this past season? We did! It was not nearly as good as last year but we made it through and I was delighted when Damaris won the title. That being said, and as much as I was driven crazy by some of the other contestants, one of them did bring me this delightful fish dish when I started following her blog. I've never made halibut before, but I think I'm a fan. Super easy {although not any easier than any other fish that I just pop in the oven...} and the roasted red pepper pesto is pretty delish. Let's get to it.

Recipe of the day
recipe by Nikki Dinki Cooking
For the fish...
   1 Lbs Halibut, 4 4oz filets
   1 cup Bread Crumbs
   4 Tbs Greek Yogurt
   1 lemon, juiced
   Salt + Pepper

For the pesto...
   ¼ cup Pinenuts
   2 Roasted Red Peppers
   1 tsp Thyme Leaves
   3 Garlic Cloves
   1 Shallot
   ½ cup Parmesan
   2tsp Kosher Salt
   ¼ Olive Oil

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Make the pesto by adding all ingredients to a food processor and pulsing until it is mixed well and pureed. 
  3. Combine 1/2 cup of the pesto with breadcrumbs in a medium bowl. 
  4. Season fish with salt + pepper and spread the yogurt onto the filets. Then top with the breadcrumb/pesto mixture. 
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until fish is cooked through. 
  6. Serve by squeezing lemon over tops of cooked fish. 
  • This pesto is potent!!! Raw, it has a very garlicky/oniony bite to it. Might be able to cut back on that by decreasing the amount of garlic or shallot put in. Cooked, however, it is delightful. I was tempted to spread the remaining amount of pesto into a baking dish and cook it off, so that the zing was gone. I still might... 
Get the original recipe by clicking here.

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