Whitefish Fillets Poached in Chardonnay Broth with Leeks, Carrots, and Bread Toasts

Hearty, meaty whitefish, such as sea bass, halibut, cod, can benefit from a little glamor, dressing up, when they come to the table. Julienne strips of carrot and leek, sprightly green celery leaves provide and enrich a simple Chardonnay wine broth that’s perfect for sopping with the crunchy toasts. It’s a perfect dish for fitting into the winter holiday hubbub when you want to serve something special with no hassle.

A note to my readers: I’m still here, but have been laid up with a back injury for the last 7 weeks. One of those setbacks that will get get better, but is taking a while to heal, hence, the long interval since my last and this post. More to come in the New Year!

Serves 4

Eight 3/4-inch thick diagonal baguette slices, slicked with olive oil on both sides, and toasted until lightly golden

Four 6-0unce white fish fillets each 3/4-inch thick, such as cod, halibut, sea bass

4 cups filtered water

1/2 cup Chardonnay wine

2 tablespoons white balsamic or champagne vinegar

1 small bay leaf, preferably fresh

1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon cracked black, preferably freshly cracked

1 large carrot, peeled and julienned

1 medium leek, including light green part, trimmed, slivered lengthwise, and rinsed to remove dirt debris

2 tablespoons celery leaves, for garnish

1. Make the bread toasts and set them aside.

2. Combine the water, wine, carrots, leek, tarragon, bay leaf, salt, and pepper in a large saute pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are al dente, 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Add the fish, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until the fish flakes easily when prodded with a fork, about 6 minutes.

4. Transfer each fillet to an individual wide bowl or deep plate . Ladle the broth and vegetables over the top. Garnish with the celery leaves and croutons and serve.

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4 responses to “Whitefish Fillets Poached in Chardonnay Broth with Leeks, Carrots, and Bread Toasts

  1. Just made it tonight with cod. I was at a loss tonight – no inspiration. Since the holidays and the overdoing the true feeling of hunger has been lost. This was perfect; light and warming for post holiday indulgences.

  2. Victoria, sorry to hear of your back problem and hope it will clear up soon.
    Love reading your blogs.

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