Filets de sole à la cancalaise (poached sole with oysters and prawns)
Preparation time less than 30 mins
Cooking time 10 to 30 mins
Serves Serves 2
A simple but luxurious seafood starter.
By Michel Roux Jr.
From Saturday Kitchen
4 x 150–175g/5½oz–6oz Dover or lemon sole fillets
3 tbsp butter
6 large oysters, shucked, juice reserved
250ml/9fl oz dry white wine
1 shallot, thinly sliced
100ml/3½fl oz fish stock
2 tbsp crème fraîche
125ml/4½oz double cream
1 lemon, juice only
1 leek, cut into thin strips
1 large carrot, cut into thin strips
1 tbsp olive oil
6 raw tiger prawns, peeled, deveined and butterflied
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 180C/200C Fan/Gas 5.
Roll up the sole fillets and keep in place with a small, sharp wooden skewer.
Grease an ovenproof dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the sole fillets, oyster juice, half the wine, shallot and fish stock and season with salt and pepper.
Cover tightly with kitchen foil and bake for 10 minutes, turning halfway though, until the flesh is opaque and cooked through.
Spoon 4 tablespoons of the poaching liquor into a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the crème fraîche and double cream and reduce to a thick sauce consistency. Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
In a saucepan over a medium heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter with an equal amount of water. Add the leek and carrot and cook until soft.
In a small saucepan, warm the remaining wine over a low heat and poach the oysters for 3 minutes. Remove the oysters and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat. Sear the prawns, flesh-side down, until pink and cooked through.
To serve, divide the sole fillets, prawns and oysters between two plates. Drizzle over the cream sauce and garnish with the vegetables.