Chef Steph’s Recipe of the Week

Basil Pesto Pike 

Recipe from Outdoor Canada, mm this one sounds yummy.

 

What you will need: 

Basil Pesto:

  • 2 c basil leaves, packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 c pine nuts
  • 1 c extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 c grated parmesan cheese

 

Pasta & Pike

 

  • 2 tomatoes, seeded & coarsely diced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 450 grams ziti pasta, cooked (reserve cooking water)
  • 4 boneless, skinless pike fillets (6-8oz each) cut into 2″ strips across the grain

 

Preperation:

Basil Pesto:

1. Place basil, garlic & pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.

2. Add olive oil in a slow drizzle while machine is running & season with salt and pepper

3. Add cheese and pulse until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.

 

Pasta & Pike

1. Toss diced tomatoes in oil & vinegar, let stand at room temperature for 30 mins. Season tomatoes with salt & pepper, set aside.

2. Preheat over to 350 degrees

3. Reserver 1/4 cup of pesto to spread on cooked fillets; thin remaining pesto with 1/2 – 1 cup of water used to cook ziti pasta. Toss pasta in thinned pesto.

4. Season fish strips with salt and pepper & drizzle with olive oil. Bake in over until flesh is cooked through.

5. Remove fish from over and spread 1/2 – 1 tsp pesto on each strip. Place fish on a bed of ziti pasta & top with diced tomatoes.

Photo from Dean Schenk