Almond-Crusted Halibut Beurre Blanc
submitted by: Layla
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into tablespoon-size pieces
- 3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 (6 ounce) halibut fillets
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 2/3 cup blanched almonds, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Make beurre blanc sauce: 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
- 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.
- Preheat oven on broiler setting. Pat fillets dry, and season with salt and pepper.
- 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.
- 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.
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