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Almond-Crusted Halibut Crystal Symphony

Beurre Blanc:

⅓ cup dry white wine

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

2 tablespoons minced shallots

1 sprig fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

⅓ cup heavy cream

10 tablespoons unsalted butter - chilled, cut into tablespoon-size pieces

3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

salt and ground black pepper to taste


Halibut:

6 (1 inch thick) halibut steaks

salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter


Almond Topping:

⅔ cup minced blanched almonds

¼ cup fresh bread crumbs

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1 large egg, lightly beaten


Make the beurre blanc: Bring wine, vinegar, shallots, thyme, and bay leaf to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue to boil until liquid has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in cream and boil until liquid has reduced by half, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low. Whisk in one piece butter until melted; repeat with remaining butter. Do not allow sauce to simmer, or it may separate.


Strain sauce through a fine sieve into a heat-proof bowl. Stir in chives, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Set the bowl into a larger container full of hot water to keep warm until needed.


Start the halibut: Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Pat halibut fillets dry; season with salt and pepper.


Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until butter melts. Add halibut and cook until lightly browned on the outside and fish flakes easily with a fork, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and let rest for 5 minutes.


While the halibut is resting, make the topping: Stir almonds, bread crumbs, and melted butter together in a small bowl.


Brush beaten egg over fillets, then cover with topping.


Broil fillets in the preheated oven until browned, 1 to 2 minutes, watching closely so they don't burn.


Transfer fillets to individual plates, and spoon beurre blanc around them.


Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 25 min Total Time: 55 min




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