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Simple Seafood Appetizers for the Holidays

November 15, 2012 - MISSION, KS

(Family Features) For an easy, elegant holiday appetizer, try these Pistachio-Crusted Alaska Halibut Bites. These perfectly portioned noshes come together in no time -- and can even be prepped the night before. For more recipes and tips, visit

Pistachio-Crusted Alaska Halibut Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12 appetizers

1 pound skinless Alaska Halibut
10 to 12 skewers (4 to 6-inches in length)
1 cup pistachios, coarsely ground
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Olive oil spray
Salt and pepper, to taste
10 to 12 butter lettuce leaves, small romaine leaves or endive

Yogurt Mint Sauce:

1/2 cup Greek yogurt (2% or non-fat)1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced1 clove garlic, minced1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes, to taste

Cut a piece of aluminum foil to fit a heavy-duty baking sheet; set aside. Heat baking sheet in oven at 425 degrees F while prepping halibut.

Cut halibut into 1 1/2-inch wide pieces (by 2 to 3 inches long, depending on skewer length), then skewer.

Mix pistachios and breadcrumbs; sprinkle onto plate. Roll in or press pistachio crust onto halibut pieces. Spray fish and aluminum foil with olive oil spray; season bites with salt and pepper.

Remove baking sheet from oven. Transfer foil, with halibut skewers, onto baking sheet and return to oven. Roast for 8 to10 minutes, turning once during cooking. Cook just until fish is opaque throughout.

Whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, mint, garlic, salt and chili flakes to make sauce.

Place halibut bites on butter lettuce and serve with sauce.

Nutrients per serving: 127 calories, 6.5 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 46% calories from fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 12 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 59mg sodium, 36.5 mg calcium and 290 mg omega-3 fatty acids.

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Matthew Barksdale


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