Sea bass wellington

8
7
7
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
50 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Moderate
Amazing how something complex can come from seven simple ingredients. This English-inspired dish, traditionally made with beef and foie gras, gets a delightful makeover with light and flaky sea bass and richly delicious mushroom pâté. The puff pastry is a wonderful wrapper and makes for an impressive presentation. This show-stopper is great for dinner parties and holiday meals. While the pastry bakes, you can toss together a wonderful green salad and sear some asparagus to finish the meal with added color and crunch.

Ingredients

button mushrooms

1 pound(s), 1 package white mushrooms, coarsely chopped

dried thyme

½ tsp

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

½ tsp, coarsely ground

fat-free half-and-half

½ cup(s)

baked frozen puff pastry

8 oz, 1 (5 x 10- inch) piece thawed frozen puff pastry (1/2 sheet)

uncooked branzino (sea bass) fillet(s)

1 pound(s), skin removed

Instructions

  1. Spray a large nonstick skillet with olive-oil nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until all of the liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes. Stir in the thyme, salt, pepper, and half-and-half. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the mushrooms are very soft and most of the half-and-half is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Transfer the contents of the pan to a food processor or blender and puree, scraping down the sides midway through if necessary. Cover and freeze for 45 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into an 81/2 x 11-inch rectangle. Leaving a 1/2-inch border all around, spread the chilled mushroom puree over the dough. Lay the fillets down the center. Fold the dough up around the fish and pinch closed. Gently transfer to a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet, placing seam-side down. Spray with olive-oil nonstick spray and bake until well puffed and golden, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a platter and let stand 5 minutes before cutting into 6 slices.

Notes

Tuna, monkfish, or any firm-fleshed white fish, such as halibut or cod, could stand in for the sea bass. Replace the white mushrooms with any combination of portobellos, shiitakes, and cremini, if you desire.

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