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It’s Smelling a little Fishy around Here

September 24, 2013

Oh sad days, our beautiful summer is coming to a swift close, but what a wonderful summer it was! Here’s two recipes to hoping that you were able to stock up on delicious seafood treats this summer!

 

Kodiak Style Bacon Wrapped Halibut Cheeks

8 large halibut cheeks, thawed, rinsed, drained and patted dry
4 pieces bacon (1/2 piece for each cheek)
8 oz. medium cheddar cheese
cut into J-inch thick slices
(or cheese of your choice)
1/2 stick melted butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
12 oz. creamy Italian dressing
8 oz. Italian style bread crumbs
Garlic powder and coarse ground pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350F. Cook bacon until tender, but not crisp. Set on paper towels to drain, retain bacon drippings. Rub each halibut cheek with melted butter, sprinkle with garlic powder and fresh ground pepper. Ladle a teaspoon of bacon drippings on each cheek. Ladle a tablespoon of Italian dressing over each cheek. Cover each cheek with a slice of cheese. Sprinkle Italian bread crumbs over each cheek to cover. Wrap 1/2 slice of bacon around each cheek. Place on sprayed rack in a shallow pan. Bake until cheeks are cooked and bread crumbs are golden brown for about 20 minutes.

Smoked Salmon and Artichoke Dip
This dip is great with bread, crackers or fresh vegetables. If you happen to have leftovers, it makes a great sandwich-just add lettuce and tomato slices.

Preheat oven to 350°
1 package (8 oz) Cream cheese, softened
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup chopped Smoked salmon
1/3 cup chopped Onions
1 can (14 oz) chopped Artichoke hearts
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chopped Parsley (or 2 tsp dried parsley)

Mix softened cream cheese, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce together until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly. Spread into 1 quart baking dish. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an addition 15 – 20 minutes until bubbly and golden.

Serve hot or cool. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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