Fish en Croute with Lemon Butter Sauce (Emeril Lagasse) Recipe

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease the paper. Set aside.
  2. Place a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and add the garlic and spinach to the pan. Cook the garlic and spinach, using tongs to move the spinach from the bottom of the pan to the top, until the leaves are wilted and deep green in color, about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper and set aside to cool.
  3. Arrange 1 sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Use a rolling pin to roll out the puff pastry to 1/8-inch thickness. Use parchment or tracing paper to draw a fish silhouette that stretches 8-inches from head to tail, and 5-inches at its widest point. Cut the fish stencil and use it to cut out 4 puff pastry fishes. Repeat the process with the remaining sheet of puff pastry, making 4 more puff pastry fishes. Use the rolling pin to roll 4 of the fish another 1/4-inch thinner, and the other 4 pieces, 3/4-of an inch thinner.
  4. Season each piece of flounder with the Essence, and place on top of 1 of the smaller pastry fishes. It may be necessary to cut the flounder in half lengthwise and shingle it over itself to fit on the puff pastry leaving at least a 1/4-inch space all around.
  5. Once all 4 portions of fish have been placed on the pastry, divide the sauteed spinach among the 4 and top with the larger pieces of puff pastry. Fold and pinch the edges to make a seal. Use some scrap puff pastry to cut out an eye for the fish and affix it to the head using water as glue. Cut a gill into the head of the fish with out cutting all the way through the puff pastry.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and whisk vigorously to combine. Place the fish on the prepared pan, and brush the egg wash over each of the fish. Bake until the puff pastry is golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes. Let fish stand
  7. For 5 minutes before serving with the Lemon Butter Sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley.
  8. Lemon Butter Sauce:
  9. 1 cup dry white wine
  10. 1 lemon, quartered and chopped
  11. 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  12. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  13. 2 sticks plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  14. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  15. 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  16. 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  17. Combine the wine, lemons and shallots in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and mashing the lemons with the back of a spoon to break up into pieces. Add the cream and cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  18. Whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, adding each piece before the previous one has been completely incorporated. Continue until all the butter is incorporated and the sauce coats the back of a spoon, removing the pan from the heat periodically to prevent the sauce from getting too hot and breaking. Add the salt and pepper, and whisk to blend.
  19. Remove from the heat and strain, pressing down with the whisk, through a fine mesh strainer, into a small bowl. Fold in the parsley and serve immediately or cover to keep warm.
  20. Yield: 4 servings
  21. Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  22. 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  23. 2 tablespoons salt
  24. 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  25. 1 tablespoon black pepper
  26. 1 tablespoon onion powder
  27. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  28. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  29. 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  30. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  31. Yield: 2/3 cup
  32. Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking , by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 167.26 Kcal (700 kJ)
Calories from fat 91.07 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.12g 16%
Cholesterol 65.75mg 22%
Sodium 412.53mg 17%
Potassium 399.41mg 8%
Total Carbs 12.59g 4%
Sugars 0.13g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.66g 7%
Protein 7.24g 14%
Vitamin C 18.9mg 32%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 2%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Calcium 77.3mg 8%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 137.63 Kcal (576 kJ)
Calories from fat 74.94 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.33g 16%
Cholesterol 54.1mg 22%
Sodium 339.45mg 17%
Potassium 328.65mg 8%
Total Carbs 10.36g 4%
Sugars 0.11g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.37g 7%
Protein 5.96g 14%
Vitamin C 15.6mg 32%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Calcium 63.6mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 3.9
  • 4

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • sugar free

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