Delicious and simple, this dish can be made in advance and is excellent for a crowd, I love food that can be served at room temperature as it takes the pressure off the cook when entertaining. This is a classic Maggie Beer creation that I have taken from her recent extravaganza book "Maggie's Harvest" p80, in the Summer section. We used Tommy Ruffs just like Maggie suggests. They are pretty common here in SA, their name was recently officially changed to Australian herrings, tasty small oily fish. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Serve with salads or roast garlicky potatoes.
White Fish with Currants
130g dried Currants
1 cup Verjuice (Maggie Beer's)
Butter for cooking
1 cup extra virgin Olive Oil
500g Tommy Ruff fillets (Australian Herring)
Plain Flour seasoned with salt & pepper
3 large Red Onions
rind and juice of 3 Lemons
3 sprigs Thyme
Soak currants in verjuice overnight or heat on defrost in microwave for 5 minutes. Heat a knob of butter with a little olive oil in a heavy-based fry pan over medium heat until nut brown. Dust each fillet with seasoned flour just before adding it to the pan and seal for 30 seconds on each side. Add more butter as needed.
Arrange the fillets in a serving dish in a single layer. Toss the onions in a little of the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat until softened, then add the lemon juice, lemon rind, thyme, and currants. Add equal amounts of the verjuice and olive oil, taste, and add more of each as required to make a balanced vinaigrette, then heat gently. Pour the hot vinaigrette over the fish in the serving dish where the "cooking" will be completed. The fish can be eaten 15 minutes after the dressing has been added or left at room temperature for a few hours (as along as it isn't too hot). If refrigerating, bring back to room temperature before serving.