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Halibut Balls in Spicy Red Sauce

Halibut Balls in Spicy Red Sauce- serves 4

Inspired by a recipe by Lucille Jacaruso from Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson

For the Halibut Balls:

  • 1 pound halibut fillet- thawed, skinned and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 3/4 c fresh breadcrumbs soaked in 1/3 c cold water
  • 1/4 c chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1/3 c finely grated Pecorino
  • 3 cloves garlic- pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small lemon- grated rind only- save juice for salad or other use
  • 1/2 c flour- seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2-4 T olive oil

3-4 c of your favorite red sauce- spicy or not as you prefer- could use a good quality store bought sauce

1/2 pound spaghetti

If you don’t have fresh breadcrumbs, place 2-3 slices white bread with the crusts removed in the food processor and process until you have crumbs.  Remove and place 3/4 c breadcrumbs in 1/3 c cold water.  Then place the halibut chunks in the processor and pulse until the mixture resembles ground beef.  Place in a large bowl and add the breadcrumbs, parsley, cheese, garlic, egg, lemon rind, and salt and pepper.  Mix well, cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Just before the two hours resting time is up- heat the sauce in a pan large enough to hold the balls, sauce, and cooked spaghetti.  Keep at a simmer while forming the halibut balls. Put a pot of water on to boil for the spaghetti and add salt when it boils.

After 2 hours is up, form into balls using a 1 1/2 inch diameter scoop- the balls are about the size of a ping pong ball.  Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper- some water may seep from them while resting. Heat some olive oil in a large nonstick sauté pan, toss the halibut balls gently into the seasoned flour and brown over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes on each side- or until they have a light brown crust.  Drain on paper towels until you have finished browning all the balls, then place them gently in the simmering sauce to finish cooking- about 15-20 minutes.  Now cook the pasta in your already boiling water- cook as directed on package- about 10-12 minutes usually.  Add the cooked spaghetti to the pan with the sauce and halibut balls and gently combine to finish cooking the pasta in the sauce- about 2 minutes.  Serve in warm bowls.


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