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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Great Cooking Magazine Challenge March 2011



A couple of weeks ago I threw out the Great Cooking Magazine Challenge again. This is an event for all of us to attack that stack of cooking magazines, clippings or printed out recipes. If you're anything like me you have plenty of material! The idea is to try something new. Don't worry if you didn't know about the challenge until now. Just take some inspiration and come back here to share what you tried. The linky will be open for a month.

I got a new Sunset magazine recently because I was attracted to the beautiful waterfall on the cover. But they always have pretty good recipes too. The March edition was no exception. I'm the only one that likes seafood in my house, so sometimes on the weekend I will do fish or shrimp for lunch for just me. So the Halibut Parchment Packets sounded just up my weekend cooking alley.


I like to cook with what I have on hand, so I had to make a few changes but I stayed pretty close to the recipe. It was tasty and something different for sure!

Halibut (or Tilapia!) Parchment Packets with Coconut Almond Rice

March 2011 Sunset Magazine


  • 3/4 teaspoon red curry paste (I used green curry paste)
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1/8 tsp chili paste (my addition)
  • 1/2 cup basmati rice (I used regular rice)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 4 halibut fillets (6 oz. each) (Tilapia worked well!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 2-in. pieces on the diagonal (I omitted)
  • 1/4 pound sugar snap peas
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges

1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, whisk curry paste & chili paste, gradually adding coconut milk. Transfer 1/2 cup sauce to another bowl; set bowls aside.

2. Toast almonds in a small saucepan over medium heat until golden, 3 minutes. Stir in rice, reserved 1/2 cup sauce, 1/2 cup water, the coconut, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 16 to 18 minutes.

3. Season halibut (or other white fish) with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and the pepper while rice cooks. Cut 4 pieces of parchment, each 12 by 14 in. Set a fillet in center of each, then mound asparagus and peas on top (some may roll off). For each packet, bring 2 opposite sides of parchment up over ingredients and fold several times to seal. Bring other sides up and fold to seal. Place packets, folded sides up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until fish is just opaque (poke with a sharp knife to check), 10 to 15 minutes. (I used the parchment lined with foil and it needed a bit more time to cook. I upped the temp to 450 for the final couple of minutes.)

4. Microwave remaining 1/4 cup sauce to warm. Divide rice among 4 plates and top each with fish and vegetables from a packet, discarding extra liquid. Drizzle sauce over dishes and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges if you have them.

My note: I didn't have unsweetened coconut, but rinsed the sweetened coconut I did have. Gotta improvise!

I made enough to bring for lunch this week. That office break room microwave won't know what hit it :-) Beats the heck out of Lean Cuisine!

So whatcha got cooking? Show us what you tried. Leave your link below and please link back to me in your post. That way everyone that reads your blog can see everyone else's magazine recipes too! There aren't many rules here..just cook something new!






I'm joining in over at Beth Fish Reads for her weekly Weekend Cooking event.

7 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like you had a great meal and look forward to a nice lunch too:@)

DEBBIE said...

It's nice to try new recipes, and you challenged yourself to try something different! Enjoy your leftovers too! I'll be joining you with my recipe after lunch...hint hint.

Foley said...

That looks and sounds really good..but shame on you for not using asparagus!! My first thought when I saw the recipe name was to use tilapia..great minds!! lol
Enjoy your lunch, hope someone doesn't 'accidently' eat it...

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks delicious, Suzy! I like Sunset, but my subscription lapsed, they always have such great recipes!
I'm joining in, too, in a day or two, the magazines do have a way of piling up!

Kathleen said...

I have to disagree with Barb. I love snow peas, not asparagus.
I am not a fish eater, like my birthday mate R, :). It looks good though!

I'll link up those Pork Chops from Pioneer Woman, and then something else when I get through my new cooking mags, that Carol tipped us off to. 3.99 a year is some bargain!

Beth F said...

We like fish, but I don't make it often enough. This looks good and easy -- as well as easy to improvise.

I like Sunset too. I really should take the magazine challenge!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm so glad J likes fish! This sounds great, Suzy. I've gotta get out my magazines!

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