Sunday, November 21, 2010

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Pancetta Wrapped Halibut with Summer Veggies

Who can resist a light and flaky white fish such as Halibut wrapped with Pancetta? Not me thats for sure. Fresh oregano, basil and garlic gives this light and healthy dish the perfect symphony of flavors. The veggies have a slight crunchy texture which pairs nicely with the Halibut.

Growing up my mom fed us a plethora of fish. We ate Korean Mackerel, prepared dried fishes, Monk fish, Cod and other varieties of fish popular amongst Koreans. And it was always prepared Korean style from fish soups to pan fried fish to stews.

Before immigrating to the U.S. I can clearly remember eating freshly caught fish while on a small fishing boat. It was caught right before my eyes and prepared raw, Korean style sushi if you will. It was dipped in a sweet, spicy and tangy Korean red pepper paste. I was no older than 3 or 4. You're probably thinking, what? you remember this. Oh yes, vividly.

You see, back then we didn't know the potential dangers of raw fish on children. So I pretty much ate what the adults ate. With no adverse reactions or allergies, thank the lord. And let me tell you, I liked it. And I still like it.

While preparing and cooking this meal, my son was busy pretend grocery shopping and naming all the items he purchased from his kitchen. He pretty much emptied out his play kitchen refrigerator, put it in his shopping bag and placed it on the kitchen counter and proceeded to name every item out loud while pointing at it.


He said,"here's some pasta and yogurt..." and when there was an item he didn't have a name for, he turned to me and said,"ma whats this?" Cuteness! He's such a curious lil dude and he asks a host of interesting questions.

My love always comes along when I take my weekly, and sometimes on a need basis grocery shopping adventures. He pushes the little toddler shopping cart and follows me as I pick out my items.

So imitating this behavior at home is no surprise. I imagine he'll be quite the cook when he's older.

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
Courtesy of Cooking at Home with The CIA with modifications
1 Small Zucchini, Sliced into thin rounds
1 Large Tomato, Peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 Yellow Onion, Sliced
3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 tbsp Minced Fresh Basil
1/2 tsp Minced Fresh Oregano
3 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
3 Halibut Filet's (about 4-6 oz each)
1/2 Lemon
7 Slices Pancetta

While I was chopping the zucchini he said ma,"can I have some kiwi?"

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375º. Chop the zucchini, onion, tomato, garlic, basil & oregano. Add to the chopped veggies 2 tbsp if olive oil, 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp pepper and place in a bowl.


2. Toss the vegetables and spread evenly in a baking dish, place in the preheated oven while you prepare the fish.


3. Season the fish with salt and pepper and squeeze the lemon half over it. Wrap the pancetta pieces around the fish and use a toothpick or skewer to secure it. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in a pan over high heat. Add the fillets and sear on the first side, about 1 minute. Carefully turn and cook for 2 more minutes.


Transfer the fish (and its juices, optional) on top of the vegetable bed and cook for about 10 minutes.


My boys devoured their dinner. Okay, I lied. My love didn't touch the pancetta but he gobbled everything else up. If you're not a fish lover, perhaps this dish will convert you. Enjoy!
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  1. Pretend Chef said... November 21, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    I can't even begin to tell you how much I love hearing stories about your little man. It makes me so happy because it reminds me of my son and his cuteness as well. This dish looks incredible. That's not even the word! Restaurant quality for sure.

  2. jose manuel said... November 21, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Un plato muy delicioso, con esa panceta. Tiene que estar estupendo.

    Saludos

  3. Jean said... November 21, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Lisa, your little one is so adorable. Love hearing about him.

    Now this halibut and pancetta combo is pretty special, too. I love that they're being served together and I'm imagining all the flavor that the cooked pancetta imparted to the fish and the veggies. Yum!

  4. Tony T said... November 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    This looks and sounds delicious. Definitely going on my “to make” list. Thanks!

    Tony T

  5. Fun and Fearless in Beantown said... November 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    I remember going grocery shopping with my mom at both American and Korean grocery stores...and "helping" whenever I could in the kitchen. Those memories definitely helped nuture my love for cooking and I bet your son will be the same!

  6. cooperl788 said... November 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I love hearing stories about when you were little - your love of food started so early!
    The fish looks soo tasty, though I have to say that anything wrapped in pancetta tends to be amazing, lol. :)

  7. Federica said... November 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    mi piace moltissimo l'Halibut, e la tua ricetta è eccezionale!! la segno da provare!! un abbraccio!!

  8. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said... November 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Halibut sounds good for dinner, and anything wrapped in pancetta is high on my list! I love the pic of him and his toy groceries, so cute!
    -Gina-

  9. Hannah said... November 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    OMG, this looks so amazingly good! I love the pictures of your little man cooking his own meals at his kitchen, you may just have a future chef on your hands!

  10. Zoe said... November 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Yum the fish look really good. I love the picture showing a little hand helping you with the cooking...very cute :D

  11. Chow and Chatter said... November 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    lovely recipe and your son is adorable i have a 2 yr old daughter always looking for new fish recipes

  12. baking.serendipity said... November 21, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    This fish looks delicious! I love halibut, but have never wrapped it with pancetta...awesome idea! Also, I'm always wowed by how smart your little guy is. It's too cute (and also predictable!) that he imitates your grocery shopping and baking talents :)

  13. Trish said... November 21, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Seeing your son's pretend kitchen puts a smile on my face - so precious. This dish sounds fresh and fabulous.

  14. Koci said... November 21, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Awww, how cute! Your little helper is just adorable! That fish looks delicious, too. You can never go wrong with adding pancetta! :D

  15. Monet said... November 22, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    I agree with all the earlier comments, I love hearing stories about your sweet boy! I always love hearing about you...what a great memory you have of eating that fresh fish! I'm sure your good taste comes from those earlier culinary adventures. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a great week!

  16. Lawyer Loves Lunch said... November 22, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    I think it's awesome that you ate what the adults ate. It probably helped cultivate your palate at an early age and made you the foodie your are today! We've been trying to eat more fish so I'll be trying this out soon :)

  17. ~Lisa~ said... November 22, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    I'd have to agree, pancetta on anything is a winner. We also had the basil linguini (the leftover homemade dried noodles I made a few weeks back) with an Asian sesame oil and scallion sauce, which was so good.

  18. Newyorkerbyheart said... November 22, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Oh my, it looks GOOD!! :-)

    I love you blog and the food you make looks so delicious. I'm a foodie my self - a Danish one - but I'm adopted from Korea....

    My best
    Birthe from Denmark

  19. Sarah Naveen said... November 22, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    I am sooo falling in love with this..looks so yummy!!

  20. ~Lexibule~ said... November 22, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Miam miam!! Ça ouvre l'appétit ce joli festin ma belle;)

    Il est beau comme un coeur ton petit garçon ~Lisa~ !!

    Bon début de semaine à toi;)xxx

  21. Damaris @Kitchen Corners said... November 22, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    This is my type of recipe for sure. I made fish wrapped in bacon before and it was a hit both at home and online.

    No doubt your little dude will be a a wonderful chef

  22. Juliana said... November 22, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Wow, nice way to prepared halibut...love the idea of having all in one dish. Love the pictures of your little one ;-)

  23. Sofia's Ideas said... November 22, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    He is too cute! And your photography is even better than I remember! Is that possible?

    I know I've been MIA from here but I've been on hiatus for awhile. Anyhow, I'm back to posting regularly at Sofia's Ideas and I wanted to invite you to stop by and hang out for a smidge! :)

  24. Marisa said... November 22, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Beautiful dish! Wrapping the fish in pancetta must take the flavor to a whole nother level! My favorite part are the veggies on the bottom. I love cucumbers and it looks like such a fresh accompaniment.

  25. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said... November 23, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Your love is super cute Lisa!
    I like halibut. Somehow I couldn't find thick pancetta at my favorite grocery stores. Your version is what I'm looking for. Oh, I like the tiny dried fish too! I used to have a Korean roommate and she always made me some. I also heard monk fish can pick up great flavor from seasoning. Gosh koreans are smart!

  26. ~Lisa~ said... November 23, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    @ Azmina, you don't eat pork (pancetta)? You could do turkey bacon or something li he that. (=

    @ Birthe, thanks for lovely comment. I stopped by yours (=

    @ Sarah, thank you!

    @ Lexibule, thank you dear. He is quite endearing.

    @ Damris, thanks!

    @ Juliana, anything with pancetta/bacon is pretty good.

    @ Sofia, welome back!

    @ Marisa, thanks. The zucchini was quite tasty.

    @ Tanantha. You're sweet. hope you're feeling better.