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Filet of Sole with Ham and Cheese stuffing.

Filet of Sole with Ham and Cheese stuffing.

This recipe was inspired by something I saw in the new WeightWatchers cookbook I got for Xmas. Their recipe had used Flounder instead of Sole, stuffed with spinach and wrapped in ham. I decided to ‘ruin’ the recipe by using sole, and stuffing it with ham and cheese. Besides, it’s pretty difficult to wrap rolled up fish with a slice of ham. It all comes undone and becomes a big mess. So stuffing the fish with cut up ham seemed to solve that problem. And it looks prettier.

This fish looks like a pinwheel when cut in half. To ensure the fish doesn’t unroll itself during the cooking process, place it seam side down on the pan and don’t move it too much; gently budge now and then to make sure it doesn’t stick. If you’re still paranoid, use a toothpick to fasten the ends from unrolling.

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Fortunately my husband thought this was delicious. He also said it was one of the best things I ever made. I don’t know if he lowered his standards in 2010, if he meant this was the best thing this decade, or if he was just really really hungry after coming home from work. Or maybe I’m just neurotic.

The sauce is probably what did it for him. I made the sauce in the skillet with the fish still cooking, by adding white wine and lemon into the buttery fishy broth already in the pan.

Filet of Sole with Ham and Cheese stuffing (makes 4 fillets)

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Ingredients:

  • 4 1/4 lb. sole fillets
  • salt/pepper
  • 6 thinly sliced deli ham, diced
  • 2 oz. shredded cheese of any kind (I used Havarti with Dill)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine of any kind, or chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • chopped parsley (optional)

Directions:

1) Gently rinse fillets under cold tap, pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto each filet, then top with a layer of ham and cheese. Tightly roll into pinwheels, placing seam side down on plate.

2) In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter on medium heat. Carefully place rolls of fish, seam side down, on pan. Nudge gently with spatula to make sure bottoms don’t stick on pan. Let cook until bottom of fish starts browning, about 2 minutes. Do Not Flip or fish will unroll!!

3) To make sauce, pour white wine (or chicken broth) right into the skillet as fish is cooking, and add lemon juice. Cover pan with lid and let fish steam with the liquid, for about 5-6 minutes. Spoon liquid over fish every now and then to get all the flavors into the fish. Serve drizzled with some sauce and topped with parsley.

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Gently rinse fillets under cold tap, pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto each filet.

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Havarti with dill is one of my favorite cheeses. If you haven’t tried it yet, try it, and it will be one of YOUR favorites as well.

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Top with a layer of ham and cheese.

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Tightly roll into pinwheels, placing seam side down on plate.

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In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter on medium heat. Carefully place rolls of fish, seam side down, on pan. Nudge gently with spatula to make sure bottoms don’t stick on pan. Let cook until bottom of fish starts browning, about 2 minutes. Do Not Flip or fish will unroll!!

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To make sauce, pour white wine (or chicken broth) right into the skillet as fish is cooking, and add lemon juice.

I use any wine I would drink for cooking. This one is a Crane Lake Viognier, for $2.99 at Henry’s Farmers’ Markets.

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Cover pan with lid and let fish steam with the liquid, for about 5-6 minutes, or until the fish is white and not translucent anymore.

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Spoon liquid over fish every now and then to get all the flavors into the fish.

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Fish looks done now. Carefully transfer onto a plate.

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Serve drizzled with some sauce and topped with parsley.

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Just some more shots because I felt like it.

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I really wished I bought fresh parsley, it would’ve made the photo ‘pop’. I really hate that term, ‘pop’.

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Have a great weekend everyone!



7 thoughts on “Filet of Sole with Ham and Cheese stuffing.”

  • Yay, you hit up Henry’s! Have you visited 99 Ranch or Zion Market yet? Fun stuff. Very scrumptious looking (and I’m not even a huge fan of fish!) as usual :)!! Hope you have a great weekend as well – you know, going to the beach and enjoying this warm weather while the rest of the world is cold 😉

  • Neighbor – Ohhhhh I love Henry’s. It’s like Whole Foods, but not ridiculously expensive. And I’m a regular at 99 Ranch now, hehe. Been to Zion Market once on a weeknight, but it was so friggin cold in there basically rushed in and out. Veggies and fruit are so cheap out here, I love it. We are hopefully hitting up the beach tonight to watch the sunset. Don’t know which beach yet, I was thinking Solana maybe….

  • We’ve gone to Solana to watch the sunset – very beautiful. There’s also a fun little art district there that I absolutely love. My husband has been to La Jolla Shores and says it’s pretty nice as well. Our favorite to go to is Coronado. Want a nude beach? Black Beach is the one for you – never been there, but that’s what we hear, hahaha ;). Hope you have fun! Can’t wait to see the pictures (hint, hint, I’m expecting pictures, lol)!

  • Momisodes – You won’t be sorry! 🙂

    Chiara – Sure I’d recommend it. Even if you’re not following the instructions/ingredients verbatim, at least it gives you new ideas for recipes. I did Weight Watchers a few years ago and it was probably the only ‘diet’ that worked for me. I’ve been off of it since, but it taught me how to choose my meals carefully. Wow I sound like a commercial…

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