Mock lobster flemish style

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Monk fish fillets
1 Bottle beer (use Duvel, if you can afford it)
½ cup Water
1 small Onion, quartered
1 small Celery stalk with top, cut in chunks
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Thyme
2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Flour
¼ cup Cream
1 Egg yolk
½ cup Shredded Edam or Gruyere

The main ingredient in this dish in monk fish, which has a taste and texture similar to lobster. Served in scallop shells or ramekins, it makes a delectable fish course during a multiple-course dinner.

Cut fish fillets in half lengthwise, then cut each section into ¾ inch slices. In a large saucepan, place beer, water, onion, celery, salt, and thyme. Heat to boiling. Add fish, cover, and simmer 4 minutes, or until fish flakes. Remove fish with a slotted spoon.

Drain well on paper towels. Boil stock 10 minutes to reduce. Strain.

In another saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour. Add ¾ cup strained stock and the cream. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened. Add a little hot mixture to egg yolk and return to pan.

Cook slowly, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and adjust seasonings.

Gently combine fish and sauce. Spoon into scallop shells or individual ramekins. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil 2 minutes or just until tops are lightly browned. Makes 6 appetizer servings. From the files of Al Rice, North Pole Alaska. Feb 1994

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