Dearly Departed Sole
Something's fishy in the world of the dead! Oh, wait, it's just Beetlejuice's favorite seafood dish. Don't forget to try the beet sauce! (Just don't say it three times fast!)
For the beet sauce:
- 5-6 medium beets, greens intact
- 3 cloves peeled garlic
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- salt and white pepper, to taste
For the sole:
- 4 large sole filets
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
- 1 cup bone-dry white wine
- 1 Handbook for the Recently Deceased
1. Has being dead gotten you down? Well, friends you?ve come to the right recipe: Wash the beets well, and then cut off the beet greens about 2 inches from the base of the beet.
2. Place the beets and garlic cloves in a pot; cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 30-45 minutes, until tender.
3. Dip the beet greens one by one in the boiling water until limp, about 15 seconds. Trim off any thick stems and lay the wilted greens out flat on a towel.
4. Beetsauce! Beetsauce! Beetsauce!: When the beets can be pierced easily with a fork, peel under running water and cut into quarters. Then place the beets, garlic cloves, and one-half cup of the cooking liquid and the lemon juice in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan over low heat and season to taste with rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
5. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
6. Search your sole: Lightly spread the tops of each sole filet with butter, and then season with salt, black pepper, and citrus zest.
7. Wrap the filets individually in beet greens to resemble cozy little mummies, then transfer to an oiled baking dish and moisten with white wine. Cover lightly with foil and bake anywhere from 10 minutes to an eternity, whichever comes first.
8. It?s show time! Serve over a ghastly, but tasty pool of beet sauce, garnish with freshly manifested ectoplasm (or a little lemon zest) and eat as though it?s your last meal.
9. Summon help with the dishes from beyond: Lure any guests (living or dead) into the kitchen with a rousing chorus of "Day-O" and hope someone offers to release you from the torment of dirty dish purgatory.