Potato Crusted Halibut

Potato Crusted Halibut

Prefer gluten free, but want crispy, golden panfried fish?  Potato Crusted Halibut is a lovely, light entree that’s not only gluten free but a quick and easy weeknight meal that satisfies crispy cravings. 

Potato flakes are a great alternative to bread crumbs or cracker crumbs in most instances.  They fry up crisp just like bread crumbs, are neutral in taste and can take on herbs and spices, letting the flavour of your fish shine.  For this recipe I used thin halibut fillets that cooked up flaky in minutes.  I also served the Potato Crusted Halibut with my Tomato Relish, which is a wonderful, fresh accompaniment.

One of my goals for this blog was to showcase how potato flakes can be used as a coating/breading but also to point out that it’s not limited to fish or breading for that matter.  It can be used most places that bread crumbs are used like breaded chicken cutlets, meatballs, salmon cakes or thickening soup like my Broccoli Cheddar Soup So maybe you’re looking for gluten free, or maybe just want a change? Remember potato flakes are for more than just mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

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Potato Crusted Halibut
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4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Potato Crusted Halibut
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4 people 15 minutes
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6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Pat fish fillets dry with a paper towel and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Whisk eggs together in a shallow bowl.
  3. Add potato flakes to a separate shallow bowl and season with dried herbs if desired, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
  4. Heat olive oil in a medium size non stick skillet until hot over medium heat.
  5. Dunk one fish fillet into eggs to coat evenly, then place into potato flakes. Flip to coat evenly on both sides. Add to hot pan and repeat with remaining fish fillets. Panfry for 2-3 minutes per side until golden. Remove from pan and serve immediately with Tomato Relish or your favourite tartar sauce.
Recipe Notes

-Be sure to use potato flakes and not the ground potato meal as typically used for boxed instant mashed potatoes.  I found the potato flakes at my local bulk barn.

-Serve with Tomato Relish

-The thickness of your halibut may vary from mine, which were on the thinner side.  Thicker fillets may require 30-60 seconds more cooking per side.

Kohlrabi Crab Cakes

Kohlrabi Crab Cakes

Are you growing kohlrabi in your garden this year? Fresh kohlrabi is amazing, and with it, you’ll be able to treat yourself to these lovely Kohlrabi Crab Cakes.  They make a wonderful lunch served with dill sauce and a green salad. Not home for lunch most days?  Try them as an appetizer, or top with a poached egg for a heartier meal.

If you happen to have a little fresh kohlrabi left, trim, peel and cut into sticks.  Dunk the fresh sticks in leftover dill sauce or your favourite veggie dip.   You will love how crisp and refreshing the kohlrabi is and wonder why you haven’t been munching on it sooner.  Kohlrabi is also great in stews, soup, gratins, and salads.

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Kohlrabi Crab Cakes
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10 3-4" cakes 25-30 minutes
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20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" cakes 25-30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Kohlrabi Crab Cakes
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Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" cakes 25-30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" cakes 25-30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Dill Sauce
Kohlrabi Crab Cakes
Servings: 3-4" cakes
Instructions
Dill Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and keep chilled until ready to use.
Kohlrabi Crab Cakes
  1. Trim ends off kohlrabi and peel with a vegetable peeler. Grate using a large grater and add to a separate bowl. Sprinkle with salt and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry with a paper towel. Using the same large grater, peel and grate potato and pat dry with a paper towel. Add to kohlrabi.
  2. In a large bowl stir together egg, dill, dijon mustard, celery salt and pepper. Stir in drained crab meat, prepped and dried grated kohlrabi and potato, bread crumbs, flour and green onions.
  3. Add about 1 tbsp of oil to a large non stick skillet and heat over medium heat until hot. Form approximately 1/4 cup of batter into a 3-4" round patty. Flatten as much as you can while still retaining its shape. Pan fry for 5-6 minutes per side, adjusting heat if necessary. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and keep warm in a low oven while cooking any remaining cakes. Serve immediately with dill sauce.

Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

Recently I treated myself with a 3 piece pasta attachment set for my Kitchenaid stand mixer, and I’m wondering why it took me so long. Let’s start by saying I have the tendency to be on the frugal side and there always seemed to be something more important to spend a couple hundred bucks on. I did give some consideration to the less expensive counter top hand roller for a fraction of the price, but I’m also on the fussy side. I wanted what I wanted, so this little item on my wish list sat on the back burner. But now I have it, and I’m thrilled to share with you Shrimp and Pesto Pasta.

Of course you can make pasta by hand, and that’s a blog post in itself, but the convenience and ease of the roller and cutters is undeniably great! It makes having fresh pasta simple and easy. One of the first dishes to get pumped out of my new set is a simple and delicious Shrimp and Pesto Pasta. Certainly not a unique combination, but worthy of being a regular on your weeknight plate because of how quick it comes together once the pasta has been rolled.

Once you get the feel for making fresh pasta, you can experiment with different flavours, flours and shapes. It’s so much fun to be creative and even better when you get to savour the results.

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Shrimp and Pesto Pasta
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2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
10-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
10-20 minutes
Shrimp and Pesto Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
10-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
10-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Season 3 litres of water with 1 1/2 tbsps of kosher salt and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. If using fresh pasta, cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.
  2. Dab shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. In a medium sauté pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp and garlic and cook for approximately 2 minutes per side until shrimp curl and turn opaque. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
  3. Add pesto and 2-3 tbsp of pasta cooking liquid to the same skillet over low heat just to warm, stirring once or twice. Add cooked pasta and toss to coat. Toss in shrimp to warm and combine. Serve immediately, garnishing with parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

Fresh pesto and pasta is best, however store bought may be used if desired.  You'll find recipes below for fresh Classic Pesto and fresh fettuccini pasta.

Classic Pesto

Fresh Fettuccini

 

Chilled Corn and Crab Soup

Chilled Corn and Crab Soup

Silky and cool, this gorgeous soup makes a delightful first course for those scorching hot days when nobody wants anything heavy but everybody wants to  eat on the patio. Chilled Corn and Crab Soup has a lovely corn flavour that’s married up with fennel and swirled with sour cream. It not only looks pretty, it’s darn delicious. The crab salad swimming in the middle is also adorned with fennel and fennel fronds for a crisp and refreshing spoonful. Enjoy!

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Chilled Corn and Crab Soup
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5 cups 20 minutes
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40 minutes 1+ hour
Servings Prep Time
5 cups 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 1+ hour
Chilled Corn and Crab Soup
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5 cups 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 1+ hour
Servings Prep Time
5 cups 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 1+ hour
Ingredients
Corn Soup
Crab Salad
Servings: cups
Instructions
Corn Soup
  1. In a large pot melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, fennel and garlic. Sauté until starting to soften but not brown, about 10 minutes. While vegetables are cooking prepare corn by peeling off corn husks and removing silk. Stand corn on end and remove kernels by running a large knife along the body, cutting at the base of the kernels. Trim ends off bare cobs and cut cob in half. Add kernels and cobs to pot along with vegetable broth, water, thyme sprigs and 1/2 tsp salt.
  2. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Remove cobs and thyme sprigs and discard. Allow to cool at room temperature for 10-20 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 tsp salt and adjust as needed, remembering that cold foods tend to taste saltier than warm. Using a blender, blend soup in batches until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh sieve, pressing against the sides to extract all the soup. Cover and chill until cool, stirring occasionally.
  3. Scoop approximately 1/4 cup of crab salad into the centre of shallow serving bowls. Ladle soup around crab salad and drizzle with sour cream, swirling into soup slightly. Serve immediately.
Crab Salad
  1. Gently stir together all ingredients. Cover and keep chilled until ready to use. Can be made up to several hours ahead.
Recipe Notes

Yields a generous 5 cups of soup and will serve 6 as a first course or 4 servings as a main dish. Both the soup and crab salad are best if served slightly chilled but not cold. If both have been completely chilled, allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

Ahi Tuna with Edamame Wasabi Relish

Ahi Tuna with Edamame Wasabi Relish

What I love about eating sushi is the little ritual of swirling a dab of wasabi into soy sauce, then methodically dunking each piece to get just the right amount pressed into the crevices. Savouring, getting that nasal clearing heat and repeating until I’m stuffed. Ahi Tuna with Edamame Wasabi Relish gives that same soy wasabi punch but with some added crunch. The edamame are perfect in the little soy bath and give a great texture and crunch to each bite of tuna. Simple, healthy and delicious.

For the Ahi Tuna with Edamame Wasabi Relish I recommend that you hand chop the edamame as apposed to using a food processor as it tends to break them down just a little too much. I used frozen edamame pods and microwaved them as per the box directions less 20 seconds, then dunked them in ice water to cool quickly and prevent overcooking. They were perfect. I believe this relish would also be delicious stirred into steamed rice or on top of a mild white fish like halibut. Enjoy!

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Ahi Tuna with Edamame Wasabi Relish
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4 people 20 minutes
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6-7 minutes 0-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-7 minutes 0-2 hours
Ahi Tuna with Edamame Wasabi Relish
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-7 minutes 0-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-7 minutes 0-2 hours
Ingredients
Edamame Wasabi Relish
Ahi Tuna
Servings: people
Instructions
Edamame Wasabi Relish
  1. Coarsely hand chop edamame and stir together with remaining ingredients, cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
Ahi Tuna
  1. Whisk together ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic. Pour over tuna, turning tuna to coat all sides. Cover and chill for up to 2 hours preferably but can be cooked immediately.
  2. Heat a non stick grill pan or BBQ to medium high. Cook tuna 2 minutes per side. Remove and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes. Cut into 1/4" slices. Top with Edamame Wasabi Relish and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

I used a 10.5 ounce bag of frozen edamame pods, cooked 2 1/2 minutes in the bag.  Removed from bag and plunged into ice water to stop cooking. Once cool, shell edamame and discard pods.

Zesty White Bean and Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Zesty White Bean and Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Want a nutritious and satisfying lunch without heavy carbs? Zesty White Bean and Tuna Lettuce Wraps are a great lunch option when trying to cut back on the breads and other starches. A healthy lunch packed with complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Plus, the beans and tuna are a good source of vitamins B-6, A, B-12, potassium and magnesium. It’s not your ordinary tuna salad, this one has zip from a little Dijon mustard and lots of capers. There’s plenty dill and parsley and just enough mayonnaise to hold everything together and make things a tad creamy. Perfect with crunchy sprouts and butter leaf lettuce.

 

These wonderful Zesty White Bean and Tuna Lettuce Wraps are easy to toss together for a quick lunch. The salad can be made ahead of time and wrapped in lettuce at the last minute. Also a good way to extend that can of tuna if you’re looking to have budget friendly meals. If you love white beans, you’ll also want to check out  Braised Celery and White Beans Enjoy!

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Zesty White Bean and Tuna Lettuce Wraps
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2-3 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 20 minutes
Zesty White Bean and Tuna Lettuce Wraps
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Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, green onions, capers, celery, dill, parsley, salt and pepper. Gently stir in tuna and white beans.
  2. Spread out 2-3 butter leaf lettuce leaves overlapping each leaf to create a solid surface for the salad. Mound an approximate 1/3 cup of tuna and bean salad onto the center of the lettuce bed. Wrap lettuce around salad, tucking in the ends as you roll, much like a cabbage roll. Cut in half and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Use any white bean that you like here as well as your favourite sprouts or pea shoots for crunch.

Recipe yields a generous 2 cups of tuna and bean salad.