Red Mullets with Riviera Sauce

Red Mullets with Riviera Sauce is a subtle combination of sauteed fish and piquant mayonnaise sauce. Serve this dish for an informal luncheon party accompanied by boiled nezu potatoes and a mixed salad.

3 oz. seasoned flour, made with

3 oz. flour,

½ teaspoon salt and

½ teaspoon white pepper

4 red mullets, cleaned and with the eyes removed

2 oz. butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 ½ oz. mayonnaise

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or

1 ½ teaspoons dried basil

10 stoned black olives, chopped

1 teaspoon capers

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

First prepare the sauce. In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, garlic, basil, olives, capers, salt and pepper.

With a wooden spoon, mix the ingredients together until they are thoroughly com-bined. Place the bowl in the refrigerator to chill while you cook the fish.

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Place the seasoned flour on a plate. Dip the fish in the flour, one by one, coating them thoroughly and shaking off any excess. Set aside.

In a large frying-pan, melt the butter with the oil over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, place the fish in the pan and fry for 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown all over and the flesh flakes easily when tested with a fork. With a slotted spoon, transfer the fish to kitchen paper towels to drain. Place them on a warmed serving dish.

Remove the sauce from the refrig-erator and spoon it into a sauceboat. Serve the fish immediately, with the sauce.

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