Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Peanut/Pecorino Crusted Halibut with Cranberry/Cinnamon Goat Cheese

Pictures of the whole day at my flickr page.

Here's the creme de la crust of the day. Greco's idea to partially recreate a dish we'd had of, at all places, the dog track. There it was potato crusted halibut. Here, we go nuts (oh, schnap, i did go there).

Here's the deal...And I must stress here that this dish was awesome, and only one part of the alaskan crab leg, stuffed custard-baked tenderloin, five-cheese baked mac n' cheese, mussels in spicy vodka marinara day...

Peanut/Pecorino Crusted Halibut with Goat Cheese

  • 4-6 1-inch think halibut steaks (sub if you need, firm, white steak-fish);
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups crushed unsalted peanuts;
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups grated pecorino romano cheese (we went $20/lb version here, and you could tell, but grated Kroger Private Select would taste good too);
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (Italian, plain, whichever);
  • flour, salt, n pepper for dredging;
  • 4 eggs and heavy cream for dredging;
  • 4-6 oz. goat cheese, softened (ours was cranberry/cinnamon, and ROCKED);
  • Olive oil and butter.

  1. Mix the peanuts, pecorino, and breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Same with flour, salt and pepper. Same with eggs and cream (beat this);
  2. Set up a three pan dredge station with flour/salt/pepper, then beaten eggs/cream, then breadcrumb/peanut/cheese mixture;
  3. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel;
  4. Dredge in flour mix, then egg mix, then coat completely with peanut/pecorino mix;
  5. Place on buttered baking sheet;
  6. Drizzle 1 t olive oil and place one small pat of butter on each steak;
  7. Into the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees;
  8. Out of the oven to get smeared with goat cheese on top. Use the goat cheese to cover over any spots on the fish that are close to burning;
  9. Back into the oven to broil for five minutes or less. Check the cheese on top. When it's melted and then set to crust over a little on top, pull it.

We severd this with plates and forks. You could also choose a nice wild rice dish.


Erin said...

That looks extremely yummy. I'm already dreaming up variations...

ironstef said...

that whole combo sounds crazy!

crazy delicious!