Friday, February 24, 2012

Valentines Dinner

We typically don't go out for Valentines day. I've always used it as an excuse to cook something we haven't tried yet. This year we tried a haddock recipe from my cookbook "In the Kitchen with Michael Salmon". He is the chef at the bed and breakfast that we went to for our honeymoon in Maine. Like everything from his book it was amazing.

Almond-Crusted Haddock with a Lemon-Chive Butter Sauce

4 five-ounce portions fresh haddock fillets
kosher salt and ground white pepper
all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup sliced almonds
canola oil for fry
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and soft
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped chives

1. Place haddock on a plate and sprinkle with salt and white pepper; gently coat with flour. Crack the egg in a small bowl and whisk with a fork. In another bowl, combine the Panko bread crumbs with the slice almonds. Dip the floured fish into the beaten egg and then into the almond crumb mixture, turning the fish and pressing the crumb mixture into the fish.
2. Preheat he oven to 350 degrees.
3. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Cover the bottom with a thin layer of canola oil and heat. Gently lay the breaded fish int the oil and brown. Cook on the first side for about 1 minute or until the almonds and crumbs start to turn light brown. Flip over and continue on the other side. Remove the fish to a cookie sheet and finish cooking in the over for about 5 minutes.
4. Remove the crumbs from the saute pan with paper towels and return it to medium-high heat. Ad the canola oil and minced shallot and stir for 30 seconds. Deglaze with the white wine and reduce until it is almost dry. add the cream and reduce by half, until the sauce thickens. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the soft butter. add the lemon zest and lemon juice, season with a pinch of white pepper and salt to taste and finish with the chopped chives.
5. To serve, arrange the haddock on a serving plate or platter and top with the sauce.
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Katie May McKenna said...

You make me wish I could cook! That meal puts my dinner to SHAME!

Jess said...

That looks awesome! (even though I have no idea what a haddock is... I'm assuming some type of fish??)

Molly said...

Yes, Haddock is a fish. Most popularly used in Fish-N-Chips. But it's a nice mild white fish and easy to come by.