HALIBUT WITH CUCUMBER, DILL AND CHANTERELLES
4 halibut fillets
1 bunch dill, washed and stems removed
1 cup olive oil
1 lb. chanterelles
3 T. shallots, finely chopped
2 T. thyme, finely chopped
Canola oil for cooking
Wondra flour for cooking
2 T. butter
1 lemon, juiced
1. Preheat oven to 375. Coarsely chop onions, place into a shallow baking dish, brush with canola oil, and cover with foil. Bake until onions are soft, approximately 30 minutes. Cool and puree the onion using a blender. Reserve the onion puree until ready to use.
2. Blend olive oil and dill until smooth. Chill the dill oil until ready to use.
3. Seed and dice 1 cucumber (Save the seeds and do not peel.) Reserve until ready to use.
4. Peel and coarsely chop the remaining cucumber. Blend this cucumber, along with the saved seeds, until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve and
cheesecloth. Reserve the cucumber Water until ready to use.
5. Slice chanterelles. Heat a saute pan and add canola oil. When pan is hot, add chanterelles. Saute until most of the liquid had evaporated. Add 1T. shallots, 1T. thyme, salt and pepper. Toss and reserve.
6. Combine diced cucumber, 8 T. cucumber water, 8 T. onion puree, salt and pepper in a small sauce pan. (Overly season the cucumbers)
7. Heat an ovenproof saute pan and add 2 T. olive oil. Season the halibut and sprinkle with Wondra. Place halibut in pan. When it is golden brown, turn and place into oven for 3 - 4 minutes.
8. While the halibut is in the oven, heat the cucumber mixture. Once it is heated, add 4 T. of the Dill Oil and Lemon Juice to taste. Add salt and pepper if necessary. Reheat the chanterelles.
9. Remove the Halibut from the oven and return it to the stove. Baste the halibut with butter, 2 T. shallots, and 1 T. thyme.
10. Divide cucumbers among 4 warm bowls. Place filets on top of the cucumbers, and top with chanterelles.
Yield: 4 servings
Kurt Gutenbrunner – Wallse Restaurant