Flounders was out of stock in Jusco so I could not get this dish in time for Friday, but I went straight this morning to get them from Jusco and thank God , they have fresh stock of flounder fillet @32.90 /kg. Bought a fillet piece for RM13 - quite a big piece - fillet of half side of the flounder . It was so fresh that I quickly cook it for our lunch so that I could make it in time for FFWD even though it may be a wee bit late. Better late than never and when I read through the recipe , I knew I would love it. Every bite was nutty crunch and with an after taste of the lemon zest...great lunch for the two of us :) This dish is an inventive crossbreeding of two classic dishes, sole amandine whereby the fish is finished with sauteed almond slices and sole meunière , in which the fish is sauteed in browned butter. And Dorie's version is using baby flounder, lightly coat the fillets with ground almonds and sauteed them in browned butter and served them with toasted almond slices and a sprinkling of parsley. I love this style of cooking the flounder...the ground almond coating which has lemon rinds in it gave the fish the nutty crunch . I served it with radish salad and some Korean strawberries......Yummy ...a good lunch for a sunny day!
This is a simple and easy to whip up dish compared to the other recipes in the book AMFT . What I did was to pat dry the fillet and season with salt and pepper. Coat the fillet with egg yolk and after which coat both sides of the fillet with the nut mixture ( 1/3 cup of ground almond, 1 tablespoon of flour and lemon zest ) Heat a skillet and add in 1 tablespoon of butter until it turns light brown. Slip in the fillet and cook 3 minutes or until golden brown. Add 1/2 tbsp of cold butter on the exposed side and gently turn over and cook another 2 minutes and you can serve it hot and before serving squirt lemon juice on the fillet and scatter toasted almond slices as garnishing. The outside is nutty crunchy and the inside is juicy and tender ....Dorie suggested leftover , if any, make it into sandwich with sliced tomato on toasted white or egg bread spread with mayonaise....wow ! for me , I will spread it with whole grain french mustard ....just the thought of it makes me want to make this again ! :p
I am glad that I managed to get some very fresh flounders from Jusco
and managed to join my other Doristas in making this
lovely and tasty Almond Flounder Meunière
Have a great weekend !