Monday, March 16, 2015

Flounder with Roasted Grapes




Roasted grapes, what took me so long to discover your delights? Fellow bloggers like Stacey, Marie and Domenica have been praising your virtues for a while, and I even posted a recipe years ago from Lidia featuring sausages in the skillet with grapes. Well, maybe I was lagging when it came to roasting grapes myself, but since trying them this past weekend, I've finally come on board.
The natural sweetness of grapes becomes even more intense after a roasting at high temperature in the oven, and adds a jammy, fruity taste to anything you pair it with.
In this case, it was flounder - apropos for a Lenten Friday night's dinner. It's also good for calorie counters too, and there are plenty of us out there. And it's delicious enough to serve to company.
 I had a small piece of fennel in the fridge needing to be used, so I roasted some matchsticks of fennel too, drizzling them with a little olive oil, but leaving the grapes naked. I experimented with them, roasting some in clusters (yes), as individual grapes (yes), and cut in half (no, they burned).

The dish comes together in less than 15 minutes, assuming you've roasted the grapes ahead of time.  
If you're like me, you'll be wondering what took you so long to try this easy and delicious way of using grapes. But now that I've tried them, I''ll be roasting grapes and eating them in dishes at meals any time of day. 
To wit: My new favorite breakfast: lemon-flavored Greek yogurt with roasted grapes and hazelnuts.

Flounder with Roasted Grapes
printable recipe here

two pieces of flounder, about 1 lb. total
2 Tablespoons olive oil
flour, for dusting
salt, pepper
1/2 cup Prosecco, or dry white wine
1 Tablespoon butter
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 Tablespoon thyme leaves
a few clusters of seedless grapes

Roast the grapes in a parchment-lined (or Silpat-lined) cookie sheet in a 425 degree oven for about 20 minutes. I don't add any oil or salt to the pan. Just grapes. Remove from oven and set aside.


Dry the pieces of flounder with a paper towel and dredge with flour on each side. Pat the pieces to remove excess flour. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the olive oil into a skillet and place over high heat. Gently place the pieces of flounder into the hot oil a few minutes until golden on one side. Flip over gently and let it cook on the second side for a couple of minutes on high heat, just enough to brown slightly. Then pour off any excess oil, and pour in the Prosecco or white wine. It should bubble all around the fish and reduce somewhat. Lower the heat, then add the butter and thyme leaves. Pour the lemon juice over the fish, then add the grapes and swish the pan a little to warm the grapes, taking care not to break up the fish pieces. (I also had roasted some fennel pieces with the grapes and added those at this point too). Serve immediately.

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9 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Exquisite, I'm sure! A refined dish.

Cheers,

Rosa

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love how you paired it with fish! I'm going to copy you, it sounds and looks so good Linda!

Chiara Giglio said...

che ricetta originale Linda, deve essere deliziosa ! Buona settimana !

Claudia said...

Yes. I roast grapes all the time - over sausages, pork, whitefish- also served on the side with spreadable cheeses. As one guest said, "How are these not cherries?" Welcome to the club. The flounder is perfect!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've been eating more plain yogurt these days for the calcium and I'm going to try adding roasted grapes to it--it sounds fabulous!

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

Ho Perfect!! My hubby has been catching flounder on the Gulf and we always like to try new methods of cooking it. In fact I may just try it with the wonderful sea trout he caught on Sunday! Mille Grazie!

Sue/the view from great island said...

The flounder looks amazing, but that breakfast yogurt has my name all over it!

Frank Fariello said...

What an elegant dish, Linda! Very pretty, and I'm sure very tasty, too.

AdriBarr said...

What a snazzy dish. I love roasted grapes. They've been popular here in California for decades. I'm not sure where they got started - maybe at Chez Panisse, but we love them, and I bet they are the perfect match for the fish.