Halibut in Lemon Brodetto and Pea Puree
First I want to credit Giada de Laurentiis. It was her Salmon in Lemon Brodetto with Pea Puree that inspired me to tweak a few things and come up with the below recipe. I don’t like Salmon or cheese (cringe, I know) so that is why you’ll see me re-inventing a lot of recipes. I’m a shamed picky eater.
Halibut with pea puree recipe:
Ingredients for the entire meal: (makes 4 servings)
4 halibut filets (center cut and skinless)
1 shallot diced
1 lemon juiced
1 lemon zested
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup mint leaves (extra for garnish as well)
2 cups frozen peas
1 garlic clove
kosher salt and pepper
Making the pea puree:
Combine 2 cups of peas, 1/4 cup mint, garlic clove, few generous dashes of kosher salt and few grinds of fresh black pepper in a food processor and puree. With the machine on, slowly add 1/2 cup of olive oil into the puree. Taste to see if you need more s & p. If happy, transfer to a bow, coverl and set aside.
Making the Lemon Brodetto:
Heat a pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the shallots and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and chicken broth. Cover it and let it simmer over low heat.
–turn your broiler on
–line a baking sheet/pan with foil and place the halibut on it
–drizzle olive oil on the filets and generously salt and pepper them
–broil on each side for approx. 4 minutes (ovens vary so much so don’t leave unattended)
–remove and set aside
Putting it all together:
Get out four classic white shallow bowls. First, ladle a scoop of the lemon brodetto into the bowl. Then add a generous dallop of the pea puree in the center of the bowl (swimming in the middle of the brodetto) Next carefully place a halibut filet on the top of the pea puree. To garnish add a few sprigs of mint either chopped or one whole leaf. Finally place a slice of french baguette bread on the side. (it’s so good for sopping up the brodetto sauce!)
Voila’! You have a beautiful, gourmet meal that wasn’t hard to make. More importantly you can finally taste and see what all the “pea puree hype” is all about! Delicious!