SEARED HALIBUT AND PICKLED CHARD STEMS
Ingredients 1 pound potatoes, diced large 4 tablespoons Butter Olive Oil ½ pound morel mushrooms, cleaned and halved 2 tablespoons Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil, divided 1 bunch Swiss chard, leaves cut into thin strips 4 6-ounce pieces halibut Salt and pepper
Pickled Chard Stems ½ cup Red Barrel Aged Wine Vinegar 2 cups water 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1 bay leaf 2 sprigs thyme 2 allspice berries, crushed
Directions Place potatoes in pot. Cover with cold water and add 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to boil and cook just until tender. Remove from heat and strain immediately. In a sauté pan, add 2 tablespoons Butter Olive Oil over medium heat. Sauté mushrooms in Butter Olive Oil. Add potatoes to pan and sauté briefly. Remove from heat and reserve. In another sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil over medium heat. Add chard greens and sauté just until wilted. Season to taste, and remove from heat. Heat another sauté pan over high heat and add 1 tablespoon Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil. When oil is hot, place halibut portions carefully into pan. Sear on high heat for 4–5 minutes, until golden-brown crust forms. Flip fish over and immediately turn heat down to low. Add remaining Butter Olive Oil to pan and use to baste fish. Allow fish to cook 4–5 more minutes on that side. Remove fish from pan and reserve on paper towel-lined plate.
To assemble, place sautéed Swiss chard on bottom of plate, top with potatoes and morels, and then halibut. Garnish with pickled chard stems (recipe follows).
Pickled Chard Stems Bring all ingredients to boil in a small sauce pot. Once boiling, pour hot liquid over chard stems and allow to cool. Once cool, stems are ready.