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Recipe

Roast Flounder Stuffed With Eggplant Corn Bread Dressing

  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 cups crumbled Corn Bread
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock or
  • canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • Four 6-ounce flounder fillets, skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the eggplant and season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne. Cook, stirring often, until the eggplant softens, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring often, until they soften and the eggplant is just tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cool completely.
  • Stir the garlic, and then the corn bread, into the eggplant. Stir in 1 cup of the chicken stock and let stand for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400?F.
  • Season the fillets with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne. Place the fillets skinned side up (the skinned side will have a few shiny streaks) on a lightly oiled baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • If the dressing seems too dry, moisten it with more stock. Put about 1 cup of the dressing on one half of each fillet, fold the fillet over to cover the dressing, pressing gently but firmly, and secure with a wooden toothpick. Bake until the fish is opaque when pierced with a knife and the dressing is warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Garnish each serving with a sprinkling of parsley and serve.