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Halibut with Chorizo and Corn Sauce
By Jim Bailey, a.ka. "The Yankee Chef"

There aren't many fish that can hold up to a sausage that is as powerful tasting as
chorizo but halibut is one of those very few. The mingling of smoked sausage
with the bounty of the sea that is halibut not only is great together, but with the
addition of corn sauce? Well, THAT has New England written all over it.

1/2 cup whole kernel corn
2 ounces chorizo sausage, sliced and quartered
1/4 cup vegetable broth
4 tablespoons hot sauce
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic in oil
1 stick butter or margarine, divided into 5 pats
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups clam fry mix, for breading*
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
4 (6 to 8-ounce )halibut fillets
1/4 cup vegetable oil

In a large skillet, add the sausage, corn, vegetable broth, hot sauce, lemon juice
and garlic and simmer over medium heat until the liquid has reduced to half,
about 4-5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium-low and add the butter, a pat at a time, gently stirring
with a wooden spoon. Melt the first pat before adding another. Do not let the
sauce boil.

When all the butter has been added and the sauce is thick and creamy, season to
taste with salt and pepper and reduce heat to the lowest setting possible.

Continue to stir every few minutes while preparing the rest of the recipe.

Put the clam fry mix in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg with the
half-and-half. Dip the fillets into the egg wash, shaking excess off and
immediately coat with clam fry mix, shaking excess off as well.

Get 2 large skillets ready (or with one large skillet) by placing them over high
heat with a 1/4-cup vegetable oil in each. When oil is hot, add the fillets
carefully and fry them about 3-4 minutes per side, or until done.

Carefully drain off the oil, plate the fillets and pour sauce over cooked fish,
serve immediately.

*Clam fry mix is available in most supermarkets but if you can't locate any, simply
substitute flour or unseasoned, dry bread crumbs.

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About the author: Jim Bailey is The Yankee Chef™. Bailey is a third
generation chef, a New England food historian and food columnist. His
new cookbook is called
The Yankee Chef: Feel Good Food for Every
Kitchen. He would love to hear from anyone about their old family
recipes. Email Jim Bailey any questions or comments:
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