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Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut with Asparagus Sauce

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Chef Way A foamed prosciutto emulsion tops roasted halibut.

Easy Way Instead of using prosciutto to make a foam, simply wrap the rich, salty-sweet meat around the fish before roasting.

  1. 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  3. 1 pound asparagus, spears sliced 1/2 inch thick, tips reserved separately
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves
  6. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. 8 thin slices of prosciutto
  8. 4 skinless halibut fillets (about 5 ounces each)
  9. 8 small sage leaves, halved lengthwise
  10. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Add the scallions and cook over low heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the asparagus spears and the water and cook until tender and the water is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook just until wilted, about 2 minutes. Puree the mixture in a blender until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a small saucepan and keep warm.
  2. Arrange the prosciutto slices in pairs, overlapping them slightly. Place a halibut fillet in the center of the prosciutto and top each fillet with 2 sage leaves. Season with salt and pepper and wrap the prosciutto around the fish.
  3. In a large ovenproof skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the olive oil. Add the halibut and cook over high heat until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip the fish and add the asparagus tips to the skillet. Transfer to the oven and roast the prosciutto-wrapped halibut for 5 minutes.
  4. Spoon the asparagus-spinach puree onto plates. Arrange the prosciutto-wrapped halibut and asparagus tips alongside and serve immediately.
Notes A minerally Rhône white.