I had family visiting this weekend including my 13 year old nephew who is a meat and potatoes kind of eater and does not like vegetables at all. As my family has been following the blog, I knew I wanted to cook some halibut for them, but I wanted to prepare the fish in a way that he would like, and also try to add some new vegetables to his repertoire. Potatoes were the obvious choice for the starch and I wanted a mild lemon and herb seasoning for the fish. I sliced Yukon Gold potatoes, dressed them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roasted them in a 450 degree oven turning them frequently until they were crispy. The halibut was prepared with lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh marjoram. When the potatoes were crisp and browned, I added the halibut fillets on top and put back in the hot oven to cook. I put a slice of fresh lemon on top of each fillet so it would not dry out. As the fillets were different thickness I put the thicker fillets in 4 minutes before the thinner fillets so they would be done together. Again be sure to watch the fillets closely and pull before they are opaque, cover and then serve.
The fish was done to perfection and I served it with honey glazed parsnips and carrots (selling the vegetables as being sweet and almost candy like to my nephew) and a mixed green salad. Dessert was a cherry almond crostata and my sister went to the Sicilian bakery and showed up with cannoli and cookies to share. We had an unoaked chardonnay from California and also a Barbera di Alba, as some of my family prefers only red wine. With the roasted potatoes and fish and the sweet vegetables, the acidity of the barbera actually can work with fish; I think the best wine is the one you like and I try not to be rigid with wine rules. We lingered over the dessert selection, finished the wine, and had some lively conversation. I would recommend this meal for someone not sure if they like fish or for a weekend meal. My nephew had two servings of the fish which was a success for me. The vegetables…. well he tried them!