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Crabmeat Stuffed Gulf Flounder with Mornay Sauce

Description

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Nick Landry, Bruce Foods, New Iberia, LA

Course:
Entrée
Servings:
4
Level:
Advanced
Occasion:
Year Round
  • Prep Time:
    25 mins
  • Cook Time:
    15 mins
  • Ready In:
    5 mins

Ingredients for Flounder

  • 4 Gulf flounder filets, about 1/4 pound each
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup fresh Louisiana lump crabmeat
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon Louisiana Original Hot Sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cajun Injector Cajun Shake 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley

Ingredients for Shrimp Base

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, heated but not boiled
  • 1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese
  • 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

Preparation Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Rinse flounder filets and pat dry.
  2. In a 6-1/2" skillet on medium heat, melt butter and add peppers, celery, and onions. Sauté for about 8 to 10 minutes to wilt vegetables; don't allow them to brown. In a medium size mixing bowl combine crabmeat, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, Cajun Injector Cajun Shake, salt, egg, mayonnaise, bread crumbs, paprika, and chopped parsley. Mix thoroughly. Add sautéed vegetables and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Lay out flounder filets on cutting board with flattest side up. Divide crabmeat mixture among filets, mounding it down the center of each filet. Fold filets vertically over stuffing and transfer to a baking dish. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes.Ladle a small amount of Mornay sauce on top and place back in oven for another 5 minutes.
  3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add flour and stir until mixture is well blended. Gradually whisk in hot milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce begins to boil and thickens. Lower heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add cheese and stir until melted. Stir about 1/2 cup of hot sauce into egg yolks to temper; return to saucepan mixture, stirring until smooth and thoroughly heated. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

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