Halibut with Barbecue Tomato Sauce and Honey-Mustard Polenta
- 1 pint grape tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- Salt and pepper
- Four 1-inch-thick halibut steaks (6-8 ounces each)
- 3 scallions, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons grated lime peel
- 4 slices center-cut bacon or black pepper bacon, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup quick-cooking polenta
- 1/4 cup honey mustard
- 1 tablespoon butter
Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon EVOO and salt and pepper. Roast until charred, about 15 minutes.
Pre-heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Rub the halibut with 1 tablespoon EVOO, the scallions, lime peel, salt and pepper. Grill, turning once, until cooked through, about 8 minutes. (Or roast in the oven for 10 minutes.)
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 3 minutes. Drain off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Add the tomatoes and mash together.
In another medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth and milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Whisk in the polenta and cook, whisking, until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the honey mustard and butter; season with salt and pepper.
Top the fish with the tomato sauce and serve with the polenta.