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Sole with Grapes

Yield Makes 4 servings
Like many French classics, sole Veronique is known for its lavish sauce. Yet it can retain surprisingly rich character even when the sauce is adjusted to meet low-fat criteria. The secret, an unlikely ingredient, is cooked breakfast cereal. It adds more flavor than cornstarch, and the sauce retains its retains


  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking rice cereal
  • 1 1/4 cups seedless green grapes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boned, skinned sole fillets (about 1/3 in. thick), rinsed

How to Make It

  1. In an 8- to 10-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, boil shallots and 1/4 cup water until pan is dry. Stir shallots often until light brown, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add wine, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Boil over high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Add milk, cereal, and 2/3 cup grapes (mixture will curdle) and stir until boiling.

  3. In a blender, puree sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Arrange fish in a shallow 2 1/2- to 3- quart casserole. Pour sauce over fish.

  5. Bake in a 450° oven until fish is opaque but still moist-looking in thickest part (cut to test), 8 to 10 minutes.

  6. Rinse and dry frying pan. Place over medium-high heat. When hot, add remaining grapes. Shake pan until grapes are hot, about 2 minutes. Pour over fish.