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.