Adolf Frey's Pike Quenelles

Course : German
Serves: 6
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Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds pike -- skinned and boned
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 cup butter -- unsalted
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 large eggs yolks
-----white sauce-----
1 quart chicken stock -- homemade or can
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
 

Preparation / Directions:

Author's note: Adolph Frey owns one of the few Michelin-rated 2-star restaurants in Germany. He made this dish at the lodge for Carl's birthday celebration 1 year. Quenelles are poached fish-and-egg mounds traditionally made w/pike. To make quenelles, grind pike in food processor, or use a tamis if you have one. Set aside. Bring water to a boil. Sift in flour and stir until water is absorbed. Keep stirring so that mixture doesn't stick to pan. Remove from heat and beat in 1 egg. Cool mixture, then refrigerate until cold. Remove mixture from refrigerator and blend it in food processor until smooth. This is the panade. Cream butter in small bowl. Put ground pike in bowl that is set inside another bowl of ice. Season w/salt and pepper, mix in panade, and gradually add other whole egg and all egg yolks. When blended well, add butter. This can be done in food processor if all ingredients are kept cold. Chill mixture for 30 minutes. To make white sauce, place chicken stock in heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to simmer, then reduce heat and continue to simmer on low until stock is reduced down to 1 cup liquid, about. 45 minutes. In large saucepan over med. heat, reduce cream until it begins to thicken, whisking occasionally. whisk thickened cream into stock, adding more or less cream, depending on desired consistency. Season w/salt and pepper to taste. Strain sauce through a fine-mesh sieve, if desired. Makes 2 cups. To assemble dish, shape quenelles by mounding mixture between 2 warmed spoons. Set each quenelle on floured surface. Preheat oven to 400F. Butter baking dish large enough to hold quenelles. In wide saucepan, bring 3 qts water to a boil and poach quenelles for 15 minutes w/o letting water boil. Drain thoroughly. arrange quenelles in prepared baking dish. Nap quenelles w/enough white sauce to cover. Sprinkle w/Parmesan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese browns. Serve 2-3 quenelles per din


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