If you frequently entertain guests, you probably find yourself searching for new and delicious ways to prepare the main entree. We seem to always strive to impress our guests with our culinary skills when most often the guests accepted our invitation merely to enjoy our company. It is only natural, though, to want to provide our guests with a delightfully pleasing meal.
Wine compliments fish and adds a whole new dimension to the flavor of our favorite fillets. There are several ways in which to cook fish in wine, including the use of sauces containing wine in the list of ingredients it is prepared with. If finding the time to cook is often a problem for you, one of the simplest ways to prepare a taste tantalizing meal is by using parchment paper.
As you will see by the following two recipes, quick and simple still has the power to impress your guests.
FISH COOKED IN PARCHMENT
4 Ocean Whitefish or Orange Roughy filets
4 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons lemon juice
8 Tablespoons shredded carrot
1 Green Bell pepper, sliced
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
4 Tablespoons fresh scallions, chopped
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
4 sheets 14 X 14 Parchment Paper
Dry White Wine
* Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
* Lay parchement paper sheets on a sold working surface.
* Place one fish fillet in center of each piece of parchment paper.
* Melt butter and drizzle each fillet with 1 tablespoon.
* Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
* Sprinkle 2 tablespoons shredded carrot, 1 tablespoon of chopped scallions, and 1/2 teaspoon chopped parsley over each fillet.
* Top with 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 of the bell pepper slices.
* Spritz each with dry white wine.
* Fold parchment papers like envelopes.
* Place the envelopes of fish on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F. for approximately 20 minutes.
* Remove baking sheet from oven.
* Cut the top of each envelope open and serve the fish in the parchment paper.
This is an impressive and very delicious recipe with a French flair and will serve four adults. Your guests or family will love it and it is quite good for you.
The following recipe is for fish fillets in wine sauce made with Sauternes wine. Due to the expense of Sauternes wine, you might want to substitute sauterne wine, a sem-generic form of the dessert wine. The semi-generic form is not capitalized and has no s at the end of the word. It costs considerably less than Sauternes.
FRESH HADDOCK IN WINE SAUCE
4 fresh haddock fillets
1/2 Sauternes wine
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
2 Tablespoons minced onion
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 Cup cream
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
* Place 1 tablespoon cooking oil in the top of a double boiler.
* Add the onion and saute until tender and transparent.
* Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper and blend well.
* Slowly add the milk while stirring constantly. Cook until the mixture thickens.
* Remove from the heat and very gradually stir in the wine.
* Place the fish fillets in a baking dish and sprinkle lightly with salt.
* Pour the wine sauce over the fish fillets.
* Bake at 350 degrees F. for thirty minutes, basting frequently with the sauce.
* Remove from oven after 30 minutes and garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
This recipe is delicious served with steamed or roasted vegetables and rice and will feed 4 adults. It is sure to please everyone dining with you. As you can see, it is quite easy to incorporate the use of wine into cooking fish whether you have little time to cook or want to create an exquisite sauce.