Sole bon femme
|1 kg||prawns — cleaned and removed from the shells|
|2||carrots — chopped|
|1||onion — chopped|
|2||celery — chopped|
|sea salt and freshly ground black pepper|
|button mushrooms — baby|
|4 cloves||garlic — cloves, finely chopped|
|1 cup||stock — prawn|
|800 ml||milk — low fat or full cream|
|1/2||wine — dry white|
|3 cup||cheese — grated|
|2||stock cube — chicken|
|freshly ground black pepper|
|1/2 tsp||nutmeg — ground|
|1||soles — East Coast|
– we are going to make a stock from the discarded prawn shells.
the whole lot (prawn shells) in a pot. Just about cover with some cold
water and bring to the boil.
Once it’s boiling – skim off the scum
with a soup ladle and reduce until you have about 1 cup of prawn stock
Place the cleaned whole prawns into a glass dish.
Season with some smoked paprika, salt and pepper and set aside.
large heavy based pot, melt 200g of butter add the garlic and button
mushrooms and fry until lightly brown then add the dry white wine and
reduce until it’s almost gone. Drain the mushrooms from the butter and
the same pot add the flour and a little bit more butter and stir
constantly until the flour is cooked. The flour will go quite dark –
don’t worry this is exactly what you are after.
Add the bay leaves; chicken cubes; plenty of pepper and a good grinding of nutmeg (about ½ tsp) and stir in well.
start adding your liquids, firstly the prawn stock – little by little
and using a whisk stir constantly.
Now add about 800ml of milk – again
– little by little. Keep stirring, this is the critical stage and you
don’t want lumps.
I add the milk on a low heat until it’s all in and
only then do I turn up the heat to cook the sauce.
the milk is all in add as much grated cheese as you feel necessary.
The sauce should by nice and cheesy so don’t hold back – now add back
the baby mushrooms and cook until the sauce has fully thickened.
sauce should be nice and thick because the moment that you add your
prawns they will release some liquid into the sauce and thin it down
a bit. So don’t start off with a thin cheese sauce or you will end up
with watery sauce.
Coat the soles with some flour that has been seasoned with salt; pepper and paprika.
Pan fry them until cooked and still juicy and tender.
Transfer them to an oven proof serving dish.
Spoon over enough sauce to cover the soles and sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese.
Place until a hot grill and lightly brown.
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