This is the dish that we prepared with Chef Villard in Lyon during our short visit in September. We made the dish again for friends and fellow blogger Barb and Kevin (Profiteroles and Ponytails) I had to make modifications (shown in brackets) as I wasn’t able to source ingredients or these are our personal preferences. And I didn’t get a chance to snap a pic of our finished dish because the light was poor and I didn’t want to be ‘the blogger‘ (I get enough of the rolling eyes from JT). But I know I shall make this again and update this post with the new photo. Thanks for understanding.
Halibut wrapped in Proscuitto with Kalamata Olives in a Brown Jus Reduction
- 600 g Monkfish (we used Halibut because that is all my fish monger had the day I needed it. Go figure, they had a run on monkfish!)
- 6 slices of prosciutto (Chef used smoked bacon, but we prefer the less fatty prosciutto)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 250 mL beef or veal stock (we used beef as I couldn’t get veal stock)
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 60 g Kalamata olives, rough dice (Chef used green olives, but we preferred the flavour of the black Kalamato)
- 15 g butter (Chef used 60 g which is about 4 tbsp)
- sea salt
- white pepper (we omitted the pepper)
- Have your fish monger filet and skin your fish, wrap with prosciutto and secure with butcher string. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Sweat the shallot in 2 tbsp olive oil, then deglaze with the balsamic vinegar. Add the stock and allow to reduce about one third. Add the butter, and olives and stir well. Set aside.
- Pre heat the oven to 175° C or 350°F
- Brown the fish in an oven safe pan in olive oil and minced garlic for about 5 minutes (or until the prosciutto is crispy).
- Add the warm beef and olive jus to the fish and bake for 5-7 minutes in the pre heated oven.
- Serve the fish sliced into about 100-120 g per person with the brown jus and cooked olives with snap peas and arugula pesto and roast potatoes.
Chef Villard suggested that if your fish has a thin tail, you should fold it back on itself so that the thickness is even and it cooks at the same rate.