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Today's Special: Halibut with Swiss Chard, Leek and Pepper Stew

Today's Special: Halibut with Swiss Chard, Leek and Pepper Stew

I was pleasantly surprised to see that in a recent poll, the majority of you guys said you enjoyed eating fish. We all have heard how fish is really important to incorporate into our weekly diets, due to its myriad of health benefits, and I'm glad to see that most of you have turned this information into action. Tonight I propose we have fish and vegetables for dinner, seriously could it get any healthier? The vegetables are sautéed until tender, the fish is placed on top and the dish gets baked quickly in the oven. This is a great everyday dish and an easy entertaining meal for a small impromptu crowd. To make your grocery list,

Halibut with Swiss Chard, Leek and Pepper Stew
From Food & Wine magazine

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large Spanish onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice
1/2 pound Swiss chard, stems discarded, leaves torn into large pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch dice
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch dice
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Four 6-ounce skinless halibut fillets
1/2 cup shredded basil leaves

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 °.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. Add the onion, leek and garlic, cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the wine and cook until almost evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the squash, Swiss chard, red and yellow bell peppers, fennel seeds, thyme and crushed red pepper. Season the vegetables generously with salt and pepper, cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, about 15 minutes.
  5. Spread half of the vegetable stew in an 8-by-11-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.
  6. Season the halibut with salt and pepper and nestle the fillets in the stew; cover with the remaining vegetables.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the halibut is just cooked through. Sprinkle with the basil and serve.

Serves 4.

NOTES One Serving: Calories 334 kcal, Total Fat 7.9 gm, Saturated Fat 1.1 gm, Protein 39 gm, Carbohydrates 26 gm

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cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Thanks Yum! Mystery solved! lol _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
Food Food 10 years
Leeks look like giant green onions (but are sweeter). The reason you didn't see any green is because in a leek all the delicious flavor is in the bottom part. The darker leaves can be used to garnish (blanched and used as a wrapping) or flavor (like a bay leaf). Hope that helps!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
What are leeks? I thought they were a green leafy thing, but today i tried a potato and leek soup (by au bon pain, very good by the way) and there was barely any green at all. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Ohhh that sounds soooo goooooood :)
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