CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With the onset of fall, I usually segue from lighter wine and food choices to the more hearty fare this cool season seems to demand. But not just yet.
Since I was unable to shed my winter coat (i.e. blubber) this summer, I'm forcing myself to eat lighter for the next few weeks. Yes, I hope to shed a few pounds, but I resolutely refuse to deny myself (and those within my ample shadow) the flavorful food or fruit of the vine we so rightly deserve.
And while it may seem oxymoronic to say this, I am going to provide you with a recipe for some healthy comfort food along with a couple of wines that match up to them quite nicely. Yes, that's right, low-calorie, wine-friendly food that is not only delicious, but healthy too.
The dish uses a filet of firm white fish, in this instance halibut, as the lean protein component. Those of you who wish, however, can substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts or any other mild white fish. I will also recommend both white and red wines to pair with the meal. I call this recipe:
(Just For The) Halibut
4 6-ounce halibut filets
1 cup of wild rice
1 tablespoon of butter (optional)
1 ounce of extra virgin olive oil
2 large tomatoes chopped
1/2 cup of kalamata olives pitted
2 tablespoons of capers in brine
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 shallot chopped
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
4 ounces of dry white wine (I use wine I will drink with the meal)