Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sole Almondine

This was a completely unscripted success.  I went shopping with fish high on the probability list and the only thing on special was sole.  I bought 300 grams, about 3/4 of a pound which turned out to be about 100 gm too much.  I had 1/4 cup of sliced almonds in the cupboard and asparagus was on special for $1.99 which is hard to beat in February. Carrots and mashed potatoes will round out the plate. We'll need a lemon too.

When I got home I looked up sole almondine and basically it is brown the almonds in the pan with some butter then put them aside.  Season some flour in a plastic bag and coat the fish shake'n bake style. Whisk an egg with a tablespoon of milk and some chopped parsley in a bowl .  Dip floured sole in milk/egg mixture and put in medium high oiled frying pan. Fry first side 4 minutes then turn and cook 1 minute.  Take fish out of pan and put a teaspoon of flour in.  Add oil if needed to make a smooth thin paste of the flour.  After a minute pour in some chicken or vegetable stock and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Whisk it smooth, put the almonds in and a pinch of salt. Add more salt or lemon juice if needed.  Plate the potatoes and vegetables then pour the almond sauce over the fish. A few drops of lemon juice over the fish and veggies and serve.  Delicious!

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