Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February 23rd - Baked Halibut with Orzo, Spinach, and Cherry Tomatoes


ABOUT TIME....

So, I finally got those pictures from the chef's auction last Thursday.  You're welcome!  The pictures aren't the best, but it'll give you some idea of what the desserts looked like.

The Hit of the Night:
Spicy Peanut Butter Mousse Truffles with Potato Chip


Lemon mousse profiterole with lavender glaze


Coffee Mousse French Macaroons

THE RECIPE

Ingredients:
Olive Oil: Had
Lemons: $0.60
Fish: $6.24
Orzo: $1.49
Garlic: Had
Spinach: $0.33
Cherry Tomatoes: $2.69

Total:  $11.35

Once again, I substituted talapia for the halibut because halibut was way too expensive.  This looked like such a bland recipe, so I figured a cheaper fish would be okay.

THE RESULTS

Fast:  Not too bad. Twenty minutes, tops.  While the fish is going, you can do the orzo.  Then, it's just throw everything together.

Easy:  Super easy!  It's broiling fish and boiling pasta. 

Fresh:  Yes.  I got some really good cherry tomatoes so that made all the difference.  The fresh spinach had a nice flavor as well.

Overall:  This recipe was good and the flavors simple, but I would have liked a little more zip.  The recipe suggests adding Kalamata olives and pine nuts.  I'd try that next time.  Maybe some crushed red pepper flakes to add a little heat.?  I think bufala mozzarela would be good too (or even a nice ricotta cheese) to give the orzo a little creaminess.  This is definitely a recipe that can serve as a good jumping off point for creativity. 

How's your eyesight?  Tomorrow is carrot salad day!

1 comment:

GypsyPunk said...

they all seem yummy to me!