Thursday, May 19, 2005


Ingredients for 2 persons:
4 Crappie fillets about 10" long
2T. Butter (the real stuff)
1 pinch cayenne pepper
3 tsp.sweet paprika (Hungarian red)
3 ounces cognac
1 cup heavy cream
4 T. brown sugar
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp.corn starch
Ground or fresh thyme
Ground or fresh basil
Ground or fresh parsley
Combine the thyme, basil, parsley, cayenne pepper, garlic and paprika and sprinkle over fish in saute pan. Melt butter and add fish, cooking until soft but not hard. Cook for 2 minutes per side. The idea is to not dry out the fish. After the fish have been cooked on both sides, remove fish and add brown sugar to pan. Then add more butter and return the fish to the pan once the sugar is melted. This will glaze the fish and finish cooking them. Remove fish to serving plate and deglace saute pan with cognac immediately, adding butter and heavy cream once cognac is boiling. Reduce by 25 percent. Combine a small portion of liquid with corn starch and add to sauce. Allow sauce to boil for about one minute. Pour sauce on top of fish and garnish with fresh parsley or fruit. Preparation time is about seven minutes.

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