Sunday, June 23, 2013

Filets de Poisson à la Bretonne

With the first bite, I heard a, “this is amazing!”  Ahhh, the sound that every mom wants to hear after spending 2 hours in the kitchen cooking an elaborate fish dish.  Each of my children told me that the dinner was amazing.

Filets de Poisson à la Bretonne translates to Fish filets poached in white wine and a julienne of vegetables.  Thank goodness the French name is shorter than the English translation.  The recipe calls for any mild white fish, and since I gave the husband the grocery list, it was up to him to find any wild-caught white fish.  He returned with cod, which is perfect because it is thick and meaty.  It holds up well to the poaching and the sauce.  Overall, it’s a very filling fish.
When it comes to French dishes, this one is relatively easy.  The fish is poached in just 1 ½ cups of white wine and water (mixed) with a layer of julienned carrots, celery and onion over the top.  They only cook for about 8-10 minutes in the oven, and once done, the filets are moved to a platter, and the cooking liquid is boiled rapidly until there is just a cup of liquid.  Whipping cream, butter and flour are added and cooked until the liquid is nice and thick.  The sauce really makes the dish, which is why the kids liked it so much.

I’m not much of a fish eater, but this recipe is a winner.  I know the kids will want me to make it again!

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