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Seared Halibut Sandwich with Roasted Red Pepper and Arugula

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Pizzeria
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  Makes 1 sandwich
The American love of substantial sandwiches meets traditional Italian flavors in this panino. It is the type of lunch fare found at many of the new and stylish American pizzerias.
1/2 red bell pepper
1/4 lb halibut fillet
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
focaccia with red onion
1/2 cup loosely packed arugula leaves
2 thin slices red (Spanish) onion
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Other necessary recipes:
Focaccia with Red Onion
Seared Halibut Sandwich with Roasted Red Pepper and Arugula Recipe at
Preheat a broiler (or a grill) or preheat an oven to 450 degrees F. Remove the seeds and ribs from the pepper half and place, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Place in the broiler, on the grill, or in the oven and broil (grill) or bake until the skin is charred and blistered. Alternatively, using tongs or a fork, hold the pepper half over a gas flame until charred and blistered. Immediately place the pepper half in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let steam until cool, about 15 minutes. Using your fingers, peel off the charred skin. Cut lengthwise into narrow strips. Set aside.

Preheat a gas grill or a ridged stove-top griddle on high, or place a heavy sauté pan (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat until very hot. Brush the halibut fillet with the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the fish to the hot grill, griddle or sauté pan and cook, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides and opaque at the center, about 3 minutes on each side depending upon thickness.

While the fish is cooking, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, thyme and mustard until blended.

Slice the focaccia in half horizontally. Cut the halibut into slices 1/2 inch thick. Spread the mustard mayonnaise on the cut sides of the focaccia. Distribute the arugula evenly over the bottom of the focaccia. Top evenly with the sliced halibut and then with the pepper strips and onion slices. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Place the other half of the focaccia on top, cut side down, and press down firmly with the palm of your hand. Cut the panino in half or in quarters for easier eating and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 1 sandwich
Calories: 676
Fat. Total: 45g
Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 40g
Sodium: 638mg
% Cal. from Fat: 60%
Cholesterol: 55mg
Protein: 31g
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