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Matelote (fish stew made with U.S. farm-raised fish)



4 (4-6 oz.) U.S. farm-raised white fish fillets (tilapia, catfish, trout or sea bass)
1 750 ml bottle of white wine
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
Bouquet garni (parsley, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme)
12-16 small pearl onions, peeled
1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
3 Tablespoons butter, divided
1 Tablespoon flour
Slices of French Bread brushed with olive oil or butter and toasted


Place the fish fillets in a stewpot or a large skillet with the onion, garlic, salt and bouquet garni. Cover fish with wine, reserving ½ cup of wine. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and reduce the heat. Simmer for 5-8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove the fish with a slotted spatula to a serving dish and keep warm. While the fish is cooking, pierce a cross in the bottom of each small onion and add to a medium sized skillet with the mushrooms and 1 tablespoon of butter. Add ½ cup of reserved wine and sauté over medium heat until mushrooms and onions are tender, about 10-12 minutes

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small dish and stir in flour with a wire whisk; blend completely. Bring remaining liquid in large skillet to a boil and gradually stir in butter mixture with a wire whisk. Cook down to about half the liquid or 1 cup. (If a smooth sauce is desired, strain liquid before reducing.)

To serve place one fillet on each plate with sautéed mushrooms and 3-4 onions to the side. Drizzle sauce on top of fish. Garnish plate with a mushroom star or fluted mushroom.

French bread that has been toasted can have the flavor enhanced by rubbing a cut clove of garlic across the bread.

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