Halibut with herb sauce dares to bring fish that's not smoked to the brunch table. Created by husband-and-wife team, Gayle Pirie and John Clark, of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe, when they resolved to rescue what they saw as an unloved meal from its second-class status. They accomplished this feat in part by moving beyond eggs. While this dish doesn't shout Christmas any more than it does brunch, it's ideal for the holidays: easy to prepare, perfect to serve to large groups and crafted to make the most of comforting seasonal ingredients. Match this simple, mild fish with a light, fresh and fruity white like the fragrant 1998 Antinori Galestro or the 1998 Anselmi Soave San Vincenzo. MAKE AHEAD The sauce can be refrigerated for several hours.
- 1 cup coarse fresh breadcrumb
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon dry white wine
- 1⁄4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup arugula leaf, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon marjoram, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon oregano, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- kosher salt
- fresh ground pepper
- 6 (6 ounce) halibut, skinless or 6 (6 ounce) cod fish fillets
- Preheat the oven to 400°. In a medium bowl, toss the bread crumbs with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the minced garlic and the wine. Spread the crumbs on a pie plate and toast for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of oil with the parsley, arugula, marjoram, oregano, vinegar and the remaining 1 teaspoon of garlic. Season the herb sauce with salt and pepper.
- Lightly oil a large baking dish. Arrange the halibut fillets in the dish, season with salt and pepper and roast for 8 minutes. Sprinkle the fish with the toasted bread crumbs and bake for about 8 minutes longer, or until the fish is cooked through. Transfer the fish to plates, drizzle with the herb sauce and serve.