Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sole Meuniure with

Roasted Butternut Squash


I made this Barefoot Contessa recipe with my Mom over the holidays and I still have dreams about it. It is so simple and delicious. My mom's one problem with the dish was that it was too lemony and there are several comments under Ina's recipe on the Food Network site that say the same thing. So I am going to omit lemon zest from the recipe and just leave the same amount of lemon juice. We paired the fish with some roasted butternut squash. To save time, you can buy the squash pre-cut into cubes in baggies at Trader joe's. We bought three bags and roasted them with olive oil, kosher salt, cracked pepper and some fresh thyme in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes. The flavors of the lemony fish paired nicely together with the squash. Here is the recipe for the sole: (serves 2)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 fresh sole fillets 3-4 ounces ea.
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
  • 1 tbsp minced, fresh parsley
Preheat overn to 200 degrees F. Have two heat proof dinner plates ready.
Combine the flour, 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper in a large, shallow plate. Pat the sole fillets dry with paper towels and sprinkle one side with salt.

Heat 3 tbsp butter in a large (12") saute pan over medium heat until it starts to brown. Dredge two sole fillets in the seasoned flour on both sides and place them in the hot butter. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook two minutes. Turn carefully with a metal spatula and cook for two minutes on the other side. While the second side cooks, add 2-3 tbsp lemon juice (depending on how lemony you like your fish) to the pan. Carefully place the fish fillets on the oven proof plates and pour the sauce over them. Keep the cooked fillets warm in the oven while you cook the two remaining fillets. When they're done, add the cooked fillets to the plates in the oven. Sprinke with the parsley, salt and pepper and serve immediatley with whatever side you like!

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