Friday, August 26, 2011

Halibut with Pecan Praline Sauce over Dirty Rice

Last Saturday was Meg's birthday. Since our birthdays are days apart we had a 3B celebration together! As always it is a fun filled event!! We had a tasty, (high calorie) dinner at Islands and then saw my new fav movie, The Help! It was the perfect girl's night out and a great way to close my birthday celebration. Love you Meg!!  (you too Em)
 As usual, Meg is our comedic relief! This it!
 Blow it out girrrrll!

My turn!  
One last time, together!

I made this dinner for Em and I last week. It was fantastic! I may try making the praline sauce with brown sugar next time.
 Halibut with Pecan Praline Sauce over Dirty Rice
For Dirty Rice:
1 link of Italian Sausage
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 white onion
1/2 red bell pepper. diced
2 garlic cloves
3/4 cup white rice
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
3 green onions
For Fish and Praline Sauce:
1 halibut fillet
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
2 Tbsp dried thyme
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp of whiskey or apple juice (I had neither so I used orange juice)

 Slice skin off fish. Mix paprika, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together and rub fish with seasonings. Set aside.
 Crumble sausage into pan and cook until done.
 Add diced onion, red pepper, olive oil and minced garlic. Cook until just tender.
 Add rice and cook for 1 minute.
 Stir in chicken broth and cover. Cook until broth is absorbed.
 Make sauce while rice is cooking. 
Toast pecans in skillet. Remove and set aside.
 Stir together sugar and water. Cook until reduce by 1/2.
 Stir in pecans and salt. Cook for 1-2 more minutes.
 Remove from heat and stir in butter and juice.
 Once broth is absorbed, stir in salt, cayenne and green onion.

 Brush grill pan with olive oil and cook fish for about 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
 Serve fish over rice and topped with praline sauce. Sooooo yummy! You can even make this dish with chicken!

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