• Flounder With Champagne Grapes

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Flounder With Champagne Grapes


Gourmet, October 2005


Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 20 min


Makes 4 servings.

4 (6- to 7-oz) flounder or sole fillets
All-purpose flour for dredging fish
2 to 3 tbsps vegetable oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
2/3 cup sweet vermouth
7 oz stemmed Champagne grapes (1 1/2 cups)
3 tbsps unsalted butter, cut into tablespoo

Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 250F.
Step 2 Rinse fish and pat dry. Season both sides of fillets with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour, shaking off excess.
Step 3 Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until it begins to smoke, then sautЩ 2 fillets, turning over once, until golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes total. Transfer with a slotted spatula to a platter and keep warm, uncovered, in oven. Add more oil if necessary, and saut remaining 2 fillets in same manner, transferring to platter.
Step 4 Add shallot to skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add vermouth and simmer, scraping up any brown bits, 1 minute. Add grapes and cook over low heat, swirling skillet, until just heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.
Step 5 Remove skillet from heat and add butter, swirling until incorporated. Add lemon juice and season sauce with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce with grapes over fish and serve immediately.