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Big Black Dog: Whisk Wednesday -- Bar a la Normande

February 5, 2009

Whisk Wednesday -- Bar a la Normande



This week for Whisk Wednesdays we made Bar a la Normande or Sea Bass with Mushrooms and Cream. This week instead of running around trying to find the correct fish for the recipe, I had a choice between 3 different varieties of Sea Bass...can you believe it and this was at just 1 market too! WOW! The Mediterranean Sea Bass looked fresh and so that is what I purchased. The cream sauce was delicious but I do think it would have been better with either Orange Roughy or Red Snapper.

Since we've made so many fish recipes for Whisk Wednesdays, this recipe went together very easily. I love poaching in fish stock with wine, it makes a huge difference in the taste of any fish. And using the buttered parchment as a cover on the fish while it's in the oven solves so many problems. I am amazed at how much I've learned in the 5 months I've been a member of Whisk Wednesdays!

Sorry, no pictures for this recipe. My camera batteries were low and the meal was eaten before I could recharge!!


Bar a la Normande
Recipe adapted from Le Cordon Bleu at Home

3-lb sea bass or striped bass
6 TBL unsalted butter
2 shallots, chopped fine
Salt
White pepper
1 c. dry white wine
1 c. Fish Stock or water (it's much better with fish stock)
1 lb mushrooms, sliced fine
1 1/4 c. cream fraiche

Unsalted butter, softened, for parchment paper


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8 Comments:

Blogger Natashya said...

Amazing that you could find so many kinds of fish!
Sounds wonderful.

February 5, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Jessica Eiden Smedley said...

So many decisions when it comes to fish! Sounds like you enjoyed it and made the right choice.

February 5, 2009 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Dang batteries! I'm finding each recipe that much easier too. In fact, I noticed that this one was in the "intermediate" section and was puzzled by that since it was so easy. That parchment paper trick has come in handy over the last several months too (spaghetti sauce for one). Sounds like your grocery store was wonderful -- 3 types of bass to choose from!

February 5, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds good, michelle. i could eat fish every day of the week.
hope you are getting use of the fish plates i sent you with all these recipes.

maryanne

February 5, 2009 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Melissa Clifford said...

I do miss the photo, but your writing is always enjoyable so I was still happy to hear about your success! Great!

February 7, 2009 at 4:48 AM  
OpenID cantbelieveweate said...

Great post Michelle!! I understand about the pictures...I've done that myself! With me, it's usually that the card is still in the computer! LOL! Your fish sounds like it came out lovely, and your descriptions were fabulous! 3 types of bass to choose from? I'm so jealous! *giggle*

February 7, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

How lucky are you with all those choices this week??? I think your suggestions for fish substitutions for this are good choices.

February 9, 2009 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Jessica Eiden Smedley said...

I had trouble locating the fish. This one was a winner with the husband.

February 19, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

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