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Pickled Fish
(Poissons a l'Escaveche)
What You Need:
  • 1 pound perch, cut into pieces 2 inches thick
  • 1 pound pike, cut into pieces 2 inches thick
  • 1 pound carp, cut into pieces 2 inches thick
  • 1 pound eel, cleaned, skinned and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup plus 4 tablespoons flour
  • 9 tablespoons butter
  • 3 medium-sized onions (about 1 pound), peeled, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices and separated into rings
  • 2 medium-sized lemons, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crumbled dried tarragon
  • 10 whole peppercorns

  • How To Cook:
    1. Pat the pieces of perch, pike, carp and eel completely dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the fish on all sides with 1 teaspoon of the salt and a few grindings of black pepper.

    2. Dip each piece in the 1/3 cup of flour and, when it is evenly coated, shakevigorously to remove any excess. In a heavy 10- to 12-inch skillet, melt 6tablespoons of the butter over moderate heat.

    3. When the foam begins to subside, fry the fish a few pieces at a time until they are golden brown on both sides. As they brown, transfer the fish to paper towels to drain.

    4. With a small knife,remove the skin and bones from the perch, pike and carp.Then arrange the fish, including the eel, in one layer in an enameled or glasscasserole at least 2 inches deep and large enough to hold them comfortably.Spread the onions and lemons over the fish and set aside.

    5. Meanwhile, in a 2- to 3-quart enameled or stainless-steel saucepan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter over moderate heat. Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons of flour and mix together thoroughly.

    6. Pour in the wine, water and vinegar, and stirring constantly with a whisk, cook over high heat until the sauce comes to a boil and thickens lightly.

    7. Add the tarragon, peppercorns and the remaining tablespoon of salt, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 5 minutes to remove any raw taste of the flour.

    8. Pour the sauce over the fish and cool to room temperature. Cover tightly with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 days before serving as a light luncheon dish or first course.
    Serving Size: 6 to 8
     This recipe is also available in:
    Cuisine ╗ Europe ╗ Belgium
    Main Ingredient ╗ Fish ╗ Eel
    Main Ingredient ╗ Fish ╗ Perch
    Main Ingredient ╗ Fish ╗ Carp
    Dish ╗ Marinades & Pickles


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