I am a huge fan of whitefish. The milder the flavor, the more I LOVE it! And this is probably because I am not a lover of a strong fishy flavor — like you get from Tilapia or Salmon. Normally I don’t eat a lot of raw fish even in sushi because my husband prefers cooked sushi rolls. Despite his liking, I bought salmon from Costco to make sushi rolls and it was fantastic raw! It melted in your mouth.. and literally didn’t even have much of a fish flavor at all! Nevertheless, you cook Salmon, I won’t like it at all — the flavor turns me off. YUCK!
Anyhow, like I said, I love whitefish be it swai, cod, halibut, haddock, swordfish, etc… it is all yummy!!
Let me get back on track — A couple of months ago I was experimenting with making flavored butter to place on my fish. And that night I made a wonderful garlic butter with nice minced garlic and dried parsley! It was wonderful. In fact, I think I didn’t make enough because my husband was asking for more — and I had just made enough for 5 meals!!
I wanted to do something different for Valentine’s Day instead of the usual Steak Dinner. So on Saturday I made a Seafood Pasta that consisted of shrimp and swai white fish.
I decorated the table for the family… because Valentine’s Day is a family affair at my house. And I love place mats and love to break out holiday mats for the occasion! And since my birthday is right before Valentine’s Day I already had the stunning flower arrangement that my parents had delivered to me.
Then i started making dinner. My family loves pasta — and white sauces are my favorite! This recipe is mild so you don’t have a huge fishy flavor which makes it perfect for kids and adults alike. Add a salad with dinner makes it foolproof!
Gluten Free Seafood Pasta with a Garlic Cream Sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons garlic, minced
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
2 cups extra dry vermouth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup butter
1 pound shrimp
2 fillets white fish, cut into 3 strips.
1 pound cooked gluten free pasta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
In a large saute pan, heat 1/4 cup oil and cook garlic and onions until translucent, about 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the vermouth and add parsley, basil and thyme and let the liquid reduce by half. Using a fine strainer, strain the reduction into a clean saucepan and add the cream, milk and butter. Over low heat, let the sauce reduce to medium thickness. To the now empty saute pan saute the white fish, cook until opaque and remove to a platter in a warm place. Then use the same pan to saute shrimp just until pink, and remove to the platter. Add cream sauce to saute pan to toss the drained pasta with the cream sauce and seafood. Transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle with extra cheese and parsley, as garnish. Arrange shrimp and white fish on top.
Adapted from Food Network
And then later for dessert we enjoyed some Heart Shaped Gluten Free Sugar Cookies topped with Hersey’s Chocolate Syrup. All in all our meal was perfect! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day just as we did!
Originally written on July 10, 2014
My husband made dinner tonight…. I think he wants to keep the Mosquitos and vampires away this weekend!
Garlic Encrusted Fish
5 white fish fillets
2 TBSP garlic, minced (used a Propresser Garlic Press by Orblue )
Kinders BBQ brown sugar BBQ rub
Coat fillets with garlic and rub spice, then BBQ til fish flake.
I must have been craving Garlic — because every thing I made tonight contained garlic, LOL! And now I hope no one knocks on the door cause I will bowl them over with my breath, LOL! As the main course I made a Crockpot pork with capers and an apricot balsamic vinegar sauce. The sauce is sweet and pairs well with the pork! And of course I love capers so it is a win win kind of dinner for my family!
Crockpot Pork Roast with an apricot balsamic vinegar sauce.
1/2 cup apricot Jam
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Marin Wine
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
4 oz jar capers with juice
6 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 pound pork roast
Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook 6 hours on high.