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1st Academy Awards ~ Sole Meuniere

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences was formed in 1927, but the first Academy Awards ceremony was held in the Blossom Room of the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles on May 16, 1929. After a dinner, Douglas Fairbanks and William C. deMille (Cecil B. deMille’s brother) handed out the awards. Back then, there wasn’t any suspense about who the winners were. Winners had already been announced; this was just a ceremony to formally present their awards.

The first Best Picture went to “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.”  Click on that link to watch video of the movie.  Janet Gaynor won Best Actress for her role in that film.

I’ve found a partial menu of the dinner served before the ceremony. One dish was Filet of Sole Saute au Beurre. A French cooking website translates that into Sole Meuniere. I’m cooking that tonight with roasted asparagus and leftover mushroom risotto.

1/2 Cup flour
salt & pepper, to taste
4 sole fillets
6 Tbs. unsalted butter
6 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. minced parsley

Season the flour with salt and pepper. Pat the fillets dry and dredge them in the seasoned flour.

Melt 3 Tbs. of butter in a big skillet over medium high heat. Saute the sole on both sides until crispy. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Lower the heat under the skillet to medium. Add the remaining 3 Tbs. of butter, lemon juice and parsley to the skillet. Stir it until a nice sauce forms.

Place the sole on plates, pour on the sauce, and serve immediately.

I’m seriously considering adding some white wine if the sauce is too thick. Also considering adding some minced shallot or green onion and/or capers to the sauce. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it turns out.

UPDATE:  It was fabulous!



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