Thursday, May 3, 2012

Almond Flounder Meuniere

This was not only delicious, but healthy as well !

Per Nana:

Simple, easy, and excellent.
I chopped some almonds and stirred it into the flour

 with the lemon zest. Quite a change from my usually 
panko covered fish , but soooo delicious.

I then topped it with the lemon juice, parsley and sliced almonds.

It was so tender and delicious, hubby kept raving about it.  
(Can't believe I did not get "however if you did this" comment),
Dorie did something right with this one  ~ big time !
Served with sauteed brussel sprouts and sliced 
tomatoes with chopped kalamata olives and grated 
pecorino romano cheese.  Excellent.

Added to this delicious meal was the side of proven├žal olive
 fougasse, which will be a whole new story of
 the "life and times of Nana and Tricia".

Per Tricia:

I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy this one was.  

The only thing I will say is that I just don't think I could pull off cooking
 this dish for company.  It was a bit too many messy steps, if you
 know what I mean, and a lot of watching at the stove for a few 
minutes here and there.  This is not to say that others could not easily
 swing this but suffice it to say that I know my own limits.  Plus, I 
typically have a glass of wine in hand when the guests are here and
 flipping the coated flounder as such would not have been a success.

That said, this dish was spectacular. 
 Truly "off the charts".

The flavor was sensational and I honestly can't recall when
 I cooked a piece of fish this well.  The one sided breading seemed
 to lock in the perfect amount of moisture.  My taste testers 
declared this to be a new favorite, with my 15 year old stating
 it was "easily the best fish I have ever eaten".  Wow. 
 And this kid loves fish ! I was glad I bought a big package 
of flounder from Costco, since it allowed me to triple the recipe. 
I plan to make this one MANY times again for a family supper.

25 comments:

  1. Looks great! Definitely will need to have this when I am home

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  2. We loved this one, too. It's perfect for a weeknight.

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Wow - great reviews on this one :-) This was definitely not a sip a glass of wine while making kind of dish - it was more of a "take a quick guzzle while your hands are tied up" dish.
    Great job. Can't wait to hear next week's fougasse story...

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  4. Having the bread on one side made a huge difference with this. Your flounders look lovely, Nana and Tricia! I agree with you Tricia that this would be hard to make with hungry guests waiting and with a glass of wine in hand. :)

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  5. Both of you garnished the dish so nicely - I love the cherry tomatoes look and the almond/parsley look. I agree, I've never seen a recipe that breaded only one side of the fish, but it did keep the dish so nice and moist. And yes, I'd be nervous to make this for guests too :-) I had some trouble keeping the fish together when I flipped it.

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  6. I agree with the WOW! Isn't it nice to get good reviews at home? I've never breaded just one side before, but it worked perfectly. Love your photos.

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  7. I almost did the almond breading on both sides because I had extra but I decided to be a good girl and follow the recipe and I'm so glad I did. Your fish looks delicious with those plump little cherry tomatoes as a garnish. Good job ladies!

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  8. Interesting the olives and cheese side... made it more Mediterranean and that worked with the almond?

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  9. You guys did a great job! and the almonds are much better chopped than ground. That´s a lot of fish you had to eat!

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  10. I didn't think about how perfectly moist this fish was, compared to how I normally bungle things, but you're right! Maybe there's something with the one-sided coating, or maybe it was just properly timed. Either way, it was soooo good!

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  11. Wow, rave reviews indeed! We loved this one and will definitely be making it again. But like Tricia, I'm not sure I would be brave enough to serve it for company. Actually, given that my pan only fits two fillets at a time is a deciding factor there as well. .

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  12. What beautiful looking presentations - you both did a terrific job! i am glad that everyone liked it so much. Great photos and great post!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    P.S. : Cannot wait for the story on the fougasse...

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  13. We enjoyed it too, but the mise en place is important for sure. I usually have a glass of wine in hand when I'm cooking, whether guests are around or not ;-)

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  14. Both of the flounders look perfect, and delectable! I can see why this is a new favorite at the house. We loved this, and I think it will be one of our "brainless" weeknight rotations because of the ease - even if you have to "guzzle" the wine like Cher mentioned!

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  15. You both did a great job on this one, and it's great to hear that you both loved it. I did too. I'm only sorry that I only made enough for two and didn't have any leftovers. Can't wait to hear about the fougasse. I haven't tried it yet.

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  16. This is great for light lunch or supper. A dish I will make again and again. The next time I make this, I will have it in my sandwiches with a spread of whole grain french mustard...:) Yours look delicious..nutty crunch and a tender juicy on the inside! No wonder your hubby keep raving over it :)

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  17. ladies! The fish is looking great!! :)

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  18. Both of your dishes look great! I was so pleased to find an easy, yummy fish dish that easily can be done for one or many. I love the look of your almond chunks!

    Happy to see your posts again. Have a great weekend. And can't wait to read about the fougasse!

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  19. Both of your dishes look fabulous! We really enjoyed this one too! Fish is always a hit with my husband! I loved the nutty flavor! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  20. I was kind of surprised by how well the dish turned out also. Sometimes, when I cook fish it's a bit of a disaster.

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  21. Both your fish dishes turned out great! I was also surprised how easy this was, even with all the steps I skipped the first time. Great post!

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  22. I totally are...simple, easy elegant. It was a hit for us too!

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  23. Both look great! We loved it too. So easy and delicious.

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  24. So this dish packed a one-two knock-out punch for the both of you. Good. Anytime you can get your kids to eat fish (yes, even if it's fried) it's a good thing. Anxious to hear about your fougasse adventures. I just started mine tonight and am about to "punch" it down and stick in the fridge. Fingers crossed for tomorrow's baking.

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