Oven-Fried Flounder with Cheesy Polenta & Warm Spinach Salad

  • 2-2/3 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2/3 cup dry polenta
  • 1 oz. fresh Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 2 TBS water
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2.25 oz. all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 (6 oz.) flounder fillets
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine stock and mustard in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Gradually add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat to low and cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in Parmesan cheese, oregano and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place panko and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a large skillet; cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Place panko mixture in a shallow dish. Combine 2 tablespoons water and egg in a shallow dish. Place flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle fish with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Dredge fish in flour; dip in egg mixture. Place fish in panko mixture, turning to coat. Arrange fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until done. Serve with lemon wedges and polenta.

Warm Spinach Salad

  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
  • 2 TBS cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Place 6 cups of baby spinach leaves in a large bowl. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil; swirl to coat. Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 1/2 cup grape tomatoes; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring with a whisk. Add vinegar mixture to spinach; toss to coat.