Fish Filet Roll Ups on Shingled Red Potatoes and the Winner of my Giveaway

stuffed sole on potato shingles If you plan on staying in for dinner on Valentine’s Day, and you’re still on the fence as to what you want to make, look no further! I’m giving you an easy and elegant meal that you can prepare ahead of time for you and your special someone, it’s impressive and filled with flavor.

It’s actually a revision of an older recipe I did on my blog about five years ago. The key is you’ll want to use a mild white fleshed fish fillet, one that can easily be rolled, not too thick and not too tiny in size either. I was going for cod but my fishmonger suggested I use Petrale sole, which is not like a true sole but more like a flounder. I told him I wanted to stuff and roll it and he said it would be perfect for that, and he was right!

If you can’t find Petrale sole, try flounder, cod or better yet ask your fishmonger, they know what’s best.

julienned vegies The inside of the fillets are generously brushed with a good quality basil pesto, please make your own if you can because the flavor of the pesto will really shine through, anything inferior will not be as good. The fish is then stuffed with a mixture of julienned carrots and zucchini, then rolled into nice little bundles.

shingled red potatoes The fish bundles are cooked right on top of thinly sliced shingled red potatoes, when finished everyone gets plated their very own pretty presentation.

stuffed sole on potato shingles A crispy topping of panko, lemon and garlic adds superior flavor, texture and crunch to the finished dish.

stuffed sole on potato shingles You’ll have plenty of room for dessert after this!

flourless chocolate cake And for dessert I highly recommend this  Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake, we absolutely loved it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The winner of the Mediterranean Basket Giveaway is, Marisa Franca.   Congratulations Marisa! Please email me with your address and I’ll get that sent out to you right away.

Fish Filet Roll Ups on Shingled Red Potatoes and the Winner of my Giveaway
 
Ingredients
  • mild white fleshed fish filets ( I used 4 for this recipe) sole, flounder or cod, thin enough to roll and big enough to stuff.
  • 2 carrots and 2 zucchini, julienned, do not use the seeds of the zucchini
  • good quality basil pesto
  • 8 or 9 tiny red potatoes, thinly sliced with a mandoline, do not use the ends
  • panko bread crumbs
  • lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees, Toss sliced potatoes into a bowl and coat with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. On parchment, layer the sliced potatoes in a shingled pattern overlapping the slices making a rectangular raft to hold the fish bundle, make sure you can see the potato slices on all 4 sides of each raft.
  3. Take the inner side of each fillet and generously brush it with the pesto from end to end.
  4. Place a handful of the veggies on the small end of fillet then roll up and secure with tooth pick, place seam side down onto potato shingles.
  5. Brush top of bundles with pesto so the panko mixture sticks, sprinkle with paprika.
  6. To make the panko mixture, mix 1½ cups of panko with 1 smashed garlic clove and the zest of 1 lemon.
  7. In a small saute pan drizzle olive oil and crisp up the panko mixture until golden.
  8. Press the panko mixture onto the top of each fish roll up, drizzle with olive oil and bake until fish is cooked and potatoes get crisp on the edges.
  9. Sprinkle with parsley for garnish.
  10. Use a nice wide spatula, get right under the potatoes and carefully lift up.

 

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Pesto Fish Roll-Ups and a Clafoutis

I try to make fish at least once a week, it’s quick, healthy and light. This fast preparation is great for mid week, it couldn’t be easier to make, and you’ll love the simple flavor combinations. Make sure you use fillets about 1/2 inch thick, you could use sole, flounder, tilapia, or as in this case I used a pacific cod.

Spread one side of each fillet with a generous amount of basil pesto. Sprinkle each with shredded carrot. Roll up starting on the short side. Secure with toothpicks. Place seam side down in a baking dish. Toss together plain panko bread crumbs, grated lemon peel, finely minced garlic, salt and pepper, and brown until crispy in a small saute pan that was drizzled with olive oil. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of fish rolls and another quick drizzle of olive oil. Bake 375F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or till fish flakes easily with a fork.

This can be served along with rice, a pasta with lemon sauce, or just a nice green salad.

Now that you have dinner covered, how about a Pear, Apple and Fig Clafoutis for dessert? Simple to put together because the batter is made with your food processor, takes seconds to whizz up!

A clafoutis is basically a custard rustic style baked dessert that traditionally has cherries in it, but really any fruit or berry will do, I even put a few dried figs in mine and that worked well also.

In food processor add; 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cupsugar, 3T of ground almonds, a pinch of salt, 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cups of milk, (not skim) 1T vanilla, grated orange and lemon zest. Whizz everything together, then set bowl in frig while you’re cutting up some peeled and thinly sliced fruit of your choice, or whole berries.

Lightly butter a medium sized cast iron pan or bakewear of your choice. Pour 1/4 inch layer of batter in pan and place in a 350F oven until the batter sets. Pull out of oven, then layer all your fruit on top of that and pour remaining batter all over. Bake around 40 to 45 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately!

Enjoy and Buon Appetito!

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