Almond-Crusted Halibut Crystal Symphony

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When you're done this halibut dish melts in your mouth! The credit goes to my future mother-in-law! If you can find creme fraiche you may substitute it for the heavy cream. Each filet should be between 3/4 and 1 inch thick.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots

  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • cup heavy cream

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter - chilled, cut into tablespoon-size pieces

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 6 (6 ounce) fillets halibut

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup fresh bread crumbs

  • cup minced blanched almonds

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions

  1. Make beurre blanc: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine wine, vinegar, shallots, thyme and bay leaf. Boil until liquid has evaporated. Stir in cream, and boil until liquid is reduced by half; decrease heat to low. Whisk in butter, 1 piece at a time, adding each new piece before previous one has melted completely. Do not allow sauce to simmer, or it may separate.

  2. Strain sauce through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl. Stir in chives, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Keep warm by setting bowl in a larger container of hot water.

  3. Preheat oven on broiler setting. Pat fillets dry, and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute halibut fillets for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned, and just cooked through. Transfer to a baking sheet, and cool 5 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together bread crumbs, almonds and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Brush tops of fillets with egg, and spread with almond mixture.

  5. Broil fillets 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned (watch closely - every broiler has its own personality!). Place fillets on individual plates, and spoon beurre blanc around it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

613 Calories
46g Fat
8g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 613
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 58%
Saturated Fat 20g 99%
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 149mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 148mg 11%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 935mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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