A beautiful, simple, French dinner that while looking rather complicated, is anything but. Sole meunière.
I will admit freely, I was first introduced to it upon watching Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep in one of the first scenes of the movie (see below). The sizzle, the sauce and the delicateness piqued my curiosity immediately.
I now regularly cook this dish, especially during the middle of the week. The subtle citrus and tender flavor satiate my palette each time. Have a look at the recipe below and be sure to pair with a crisp wine.
Time: 10-20 minutes
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 fresh sole fillets (3-4 ounces each)
- 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoons of grated lemon zest
- 2 small lemons or 1 large lemon (3-4 tablespoons of juice)
- Combine flour with salt and pepper on a large shallow plate.
- Pat the sole dry with a paper towel and then sprinkle with salt on one side.
- Heat up 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a sauce pan over medium heat until it begins to brown.
- Dredge both fillets in the flour mixture.
- Place the fillets in the saucepan with the hot butter.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side until lightly brown.
- Flip onto the second side and sprinkle fillets with zest and lemon juice. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from the pan and place on serving dish. Pour the sauce from the pan over the fish for additional flavor.
- Serve immediately or cover with tin foil until remaining dishes for your menu are complete.
- Garnish with chopped Italian parsley and/or slices of lemon.
~recipe for Roasted Vegetables (as seen in the picture)
~scene starring Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci in Julie & Julia~