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Steamed Fillets of Sole with Parsley Sauce

Source: The Heritage of French Cooking
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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  30 Minutes
  Serves 2
The finest French sole comes from the Normandy coast on the English Channel; this is the younger sibling of the famous Dover sole. Whether served meuniere (floured and sautéed in butter) or Normandy style (with the addition of crème fraiche), it is a delicious dish, but never more so than when prepared as follows, with a simplicity that enhances the fish's subtle flavor.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For the Fillets:
1 sole, about 1/1/2 lb, cleaned and skinned
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons 1 1/2 oz finely snipped flat-leaved italian parsley
4 lemon slices
For the Sauce:
2 shallots, minced
2 tablespoons dry white vermouth
1/3 cup light cream
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
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DIRECTIONS
FOR THE FILLETS:
Rinse the sole and dry it. Season on both sides with salt and pepper. Use half the butter to coat a large sheet of parchment (baking) paper and spread the parsley in the center of it. Place the sole on top with the fleshier side down. Top with the lemon slices and the remaining butter cut into bits. Fold the paper to enclose the fish. Lay the parcel in a steaming basket and cook for 20 minutes over boiling water.


FOR THE SAUCE:
In a nonreactive small saucepan, combine the shallots with the vermouth. Reduce over gentle heat, then pour in the cream. Cook until reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper.


When the sole is cooked, remove the fillets and put them onto 2 hot plates. Garnish with the lemon slices. Put the cooking juices from the paper case into the saucepan and boil to reduce by half.


TO SERVE:
Transfer the sauce to a blender and add the olive oil; blend until smooth. Coat the fish fillets with the sauce. Serve immediately, accompanied by steamed potatoes.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 2
Calories: 589
Fat. Total: 31g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 7g
Sodium: 308mg
% Cal. from Fat: 47%
Cholesterol: 221mg
Protein: 67g
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