This week's Almond Flounder Meunière is a mingling of two classic dishes: sole amandine and sole meunière. Sole meunière is a classic French dish consisting of sole, whole or fillet, that is dredged in flour, pan fried in butter and served with the resulting brown butter sauce and lemon. Sole amandine is finished with sautéed sliced almonds (amandine is a culinary term indicating a garnish of almonds). Dorie suggests using baby flounder if you cannot find sole, but I was pleased to see fresh Pacific Dover sole at our local market. This is not the same species as true Dover sole found in European waters, but it has a similar light, moist and mild flavor.
|Almond Sole Meunière|
Only one side of each fillet is brushed with egg yolk and then pressed into a mixture of ground almonds, lemon zest, a touch of flour, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Only one side? Maybe because the fillets are so delicate and thin, a double coating would overpower the dish?
|Ground almonds, lemon zest, flour|
|Whisk together, season with salt and pepper|
|Toast sliced almonds for the garnish|
|Fresh parsley, toasted almonds, nut mixture ready to go|
|Sole fillets with almond mixture on one side only|
Chopped parsley is fine for the garnish, but I'm currently in love with fried parsley leaves after making Thomas Keller's Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad. I think the bright green, crispy leaves make a prettier garnish.
|Fried Parsley leaves|
|Dinner at home, for a change|
For our side dish, I quickly sautéed broccoli florets in olive oil, smashed garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes. It was nice enjoying dinner at home for the first time in a few weeks!
Broccoli Strascinati (Broccoli with Garlic and Hot Pepper)
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch broccoli (about 1 pound), stemmed and cut into florets
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1⁄2 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
Kosher salt, to taste
Heat olive oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and sauté, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, about 6–8 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of water, and garlic, and saute a few more minutes. Add red chile flakes and saute another few minutes. Season with salt and serve.
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