Just made this for dinner last night. The prep work is a snap, and the packets come out of the oven beautifully - probably one of the best looking dishes I've made this year. I halved the recipe to feed two, and omitted bacon as I am a pescetarian. It had wonderful flavor and was so filling that I couldn't finish my portion! Best of all, the dish is low-fat, carb-controlled, and protein-rich. Highly recommended!
Halibut Packets with Mushrooms & Polenta
From EatingWell: January/February 2012
Garlicky mushrooms spiked with bacon make a lovely garnish for halibut and polenta. We can’t decide what we like best about this dish: the flavors, healthfulness, ease or the fact that there is so little cleanup! Serve with steamed green beans tossed with olive oil, whole-grain mustard and a squeeze of lemon.
5 Reviews for Halibut Packets with Mushrooms & Polenta
I made this with my daughter who is newly married and just beginning to take cooking to the next level. We both loved the recipe! It was quick, flavorful, and perfect for an evening just hanging out. The prep time and cook time were accurate. We also made the recommended green beans and enjoyed those as well.
I couldn't find any prepared polenta so I made my own with corn meal. I boiled 3:1 ratio of salted water to cornmeal for 25-30 mins stirring often with a whisk. It became very thick and dense. I placed it in a buttered dish and let it cool for 15 minutes as it takes the shape of the dish. Then it was ready to cut up and use in the recipe. I followed the rest of the recipe as is and it turned out beautifully. My partner said it was one of my best meals! We loved it! I would make this for company for sure.
I skipped oil and used bacon fat for frying other ingredients. I think I would drain bacon fat and then use oil to saute next time. It would be healthier. This was amazingly good. Having a mixture of mushrooms helped.
i ended up using haddock as i couldn't get halibut at the time of my meal prep. i also didn't end up putting the polenta in the packet as i'm not really a polenta fan. instead, i cooked up some farro for the grain. i was going to saute some kale but didn't have time. that would have made a great meal. Also, i found the bake time a little long, but maybe that was because i wasn't using the polenta. My partner scraped the plate- that's a sign of a keeper recipe!