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Halibut Steamed In Lettuce Leaves With New Potatoes

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Ingredients
  Red lettuce leaves 8 Large
  Halibut fillets 16 Ounce (Four 4 Ounce Pieces)
  Minced shallots 2 Tablespoon
  New red potatoes 4 Small, unpeeled
  Fish stock 1 Quart
  Unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon
  White of leek 1 Medium, washed, patted dry, and cut into julienne strips
  Stalk celery 1 Large, cut into julienne strips
  Carrot 1 , peeled and cut into julienne strips
  Zucchini 1⁄2 , cut into julienne strips
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chopped parsley 1 Tablespoon
  Chopped chives 1 Tablespoon
  Chopped basil 1 Tablespoon
  Chopped tarragon 1 Tablespoon
Directions

To prepare the halibut packages, have a bowl of ice water ready.
Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and blanch the lettuce leaves for 2 seconds.
Immediately scoop up the leaves with a slotted spoon or wire strainer and plunge them into the ice water.
Carefully spread the leaves on towels and pat dry.
For each package, overlap 2 lettuce leaves and place a piece of fish in the center.
Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons of shallots over each fillet and wrap the lettuce around it, completely enclosing it.
If the packages are made in advance, cover them tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
About 25 minutes before serving, put the potatoes in a saucepan with cold water to cover, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook at a fast simmer until they are fork-tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Pour the stock into a steamer and bring to a boil.
Place the halibut packages in the top of the steamer, lower into the pot, and steam for 5 to 8 minutes.
Just before serving, melt the butter in a large saute pan, add the leek, celery, carrot, and zucchini, and toss for 1 minute.
Add the water and chopped herbs and bring to a boil, stirring and tossing to combine the ingredients.
Remove from the heat and divide the vegetables and their juices among 4 heated dinner plates.
Place the halibut over the vegetables.
Drain and slice the potatoes and place 1 on each plate.

Recipe Summary

Method: 
Blanching
Ingredient: 
Vegetable

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