Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Better Than McD's" Fish Sammies

What is it kids just LOVE about McDonald's?  I can't even stand the smell of the place, but every once in a great while I will give in and let the kids have a treat.  On the way upstate for my brother's wedding rehearsal we were running a little late, so a stop at the golden arches it was.  Two chicken nugget kid's meals and a fish sandwich eaten en route.  Pretty sure I can still smell it in my car too.  Yuck!

Anyway, my husband and I had a night alone last weekend and I wanted to make something nice.  I figured a fancy version of the McD's fish sandwich would do - and Whole Foods had halibut on special!

Halibut with Dijonaise Dill Sauce on Toasted Rustic Wheat

2 halibut fillets
olive oil for pan
salt & pepper, to taste
2 thick slices good cheddar cheese
2 tbsp whole grain mustard
2 tbsp olive oil mayo
juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
2 large slices crusty wheat bread
1 clove garlic
2 slices tomato

First, season both sides of your fillets with salt and pepper.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Cook halibut for 3 minutes per side or to desired doneness, placing cheese slices on top after flipping.  Once fish is cooked through, place under broiler to melt the cheese and get it a little brown and bubbly.
Lightly toast your wheat bread and rub the toasted slices with your clove of garlic.

For the sauce, mix the mustard, mayo, lemon juice and dill in a small bowl.  Stir to combine.  Spread sauce on both halves of your toasted wheat bread.  Assemble your sandwiches and enjoy.  These were some seriously thick sandwiches - I'm not good at thinly slicing bread.  But oh so much better than fast food!  Thank goodness I have a big mouth.  :)

Served with a side of veggies and a deliciously sweet white wine.
Are there any fast foods you like to make your own at home?


  1. I LOVE fish sandwiches...these sound wonderful!

  2. LOL... I will admit... I kinda like McD's. I have it though about twice a year and like you, will get it for Tyler as a "treat". I don't know how moms allow their kids to eat it once or more a week!!!

    Not a fish fan at all... but it does look good. :)

    Also I have to say, I love your real name. Glad I asked b/c if I ever run into you in Maywood I would've been screaming BETTY!!! LOL

  3. Hey girls!

    Laura - don't get me wrong, I put away many of those french fries too. LOL I just know my stomach could never handle too much of the stuff. I cannot imagine giving it to my kids too frequently. And if you call me Betty (I think there's a Paul Simon song there somewhere), I'll answer! :)

  4. These sound yummy… even the veggies look yummy too!!!

  5. Thanks Fit. That's leftover broccoli and frozen corn sauteed with onion, garlic and EVOO. :)

  6. We like to make our own pizzas at home. (And I know your do, too. :-)

    The other fast food things we make are Tex-Mex related. I have a Chevy's/Rio Grande cookbook and often make the fajita black beans, and sweet corn tomalito recipes... we even made our own flour tortillas once.

    Confession: I do like the McDonald's salads.

  7. I live in the woods where the closest McD's is a 30 minute drive so I can't really say that my children even care to see the place... because it is generally not even an option ;) I do love some great fish sandwiches though... and these seem easy enough to try ;)

    Make it a great day!