By Jesse Griffiths
Reprinted with permission from Afield: A Chef's Guide To Preparing And Cooking Wild Game And Fish
This dish plays off of the natural sweetness of flounder, carrots and parsnips. It is truly a dish of its ingredients, so choose the carrots and parsnips well, because they carry the recipe. Serve this dish as its own course, with no sides, possibly preceded by something with different flavors, like a game terrine or something acidic and pickled. Sole can be substituted for flounder, and the recipe can also work with halibut or haddock. If you choose to pair, drink a sweet white wine with this dish.
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4 fillets flounder (or other whitefish)
4 medium carrots
4 medium parsnips, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, plus 4 sprigs fresh thyme
zest of one small lemon
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Season the fillets with salt and set aside.
3. Grate the carrots and parsnips into a bowl, then toss well with olive oil and a pinch of salt.
4. In another small bowl, mix together the butter, thyme leaves and lemon zest and set aside.
5. In a gratin dish or on a baking sheet, lay the grated parsnips and carrots out in four piles the size of the fillets. Lay the fillets on top and spread the seasoned butter on each fillet. Top each fillet with a thyme sprig.
6. Bake the flounder for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the fish easily flakes and is cooked through. Serve immediately.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
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