Whiting in Red Wine Sauce

Whiting in Red Wine Sauce makes an excellent main course for a light luncheon or dinner. Serve with sauteed courgettes , steamed rice and a well-chilled bottle of white Burgundy wine

4 SERVINGS

2 oz. seasoned flour, made with

2 oz. flour,

1 teaspoon salt and

2 teaspoon black pepper

4 whiting fillets, skinned and halved

3 tablespoons olive oil

SAUCE

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced

Serve Whiting in Red Wine Sauce with rice for a nutritious and tasty lunch or supper.

2 tablespoons flour

16 fl. oz. red wine

10 fl. oz. fl-j- cups water

2 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 bay leaf bouquet garni, consisting of

4 parsley sprigs,

1 thyme spray and

1 bay leaf tied together

2 tablespoons tomato puree

First make the sauce. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderate heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and fry, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes or until it is golden brown. Remove the pan from the heat and, with a wooden spoon, stir in the flour to make a smooth paste. Gradually add 8 fluid ounces of the wine, stirring constantly and being careful to avoid lumps. Return the pan to the heat and cook, stirring I ‘ . ‘

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Meanwhile, place the seasoned flour in a large, shallow dish and dip the whiting fillets in it, one by one, shaking off any excess.

In a large frying-pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. When the oil is hot, add the fillets and fry them for 5 minutes on each side.

Using a slotted spoon, remove the fillets from the pan and add them to the sauce. Cook the whiting in the sauce for a further 2 minutes or until the fish flesh flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove the pan from the heat.

Transfer the contents of the pan to a warmed serving dish and serve immc- diately.

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