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Broiled Rainbow Trout With Pine Nut Stuffing & Sage Butter

Courses: Main Course
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

  Sage Butter
3 tablespoons 45mlChopped fresh sage
4 tablespoons 60mlUnsalted butter - softened to
  Room temperature
  Juice of 1 lemon - (abt 2 tbspns)
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlFreshly-ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlPaprika
3   Scallions - finely chopped
1/2 cup 73g / 2.6ozDry bread crumbs
1/4 cup 59mlPine nuts
2   Fresh jalapeno peppers - seeded, diced
1   Garlic clove - finely chopped
1 tablespoon 15mlChili powder
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste
2 tablespoons 30mlVegetable oil
4   Butterflied rainbow trout, whole,
  Skin on, bones removed
  (ask your fish dealer to do this for you)
  Vegetable oil
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste

Recipe Instructions

Well in advance of cooking the fish, prepare the Sage Butter by placing all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse to combine well. Using a rubber spatula, heap the mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper and roll to form a sausage shape. Twist the ends to enclose the butter. Set on a plate and refrigerate at least 1 hour to harden enough so that it can be sliced. When the butter is firm enough to slice, remove the paper wrapping and cut it into 1/4-inch rounds, which will be used at the final moment of cooking to season the fish. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing combining the bread crumbs, pine nuts, jalapenos, garlic, chili powder and salt and pepper in a bowl. Drizzle the 2 tablespoons vegetable oil into this mixture and blend together lightly with a fork.

Preheat the broiler. Brush both sides of the trout with vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper and broil skin-side up to crisp the skin, a maximum of 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the fish from the broiler. Place the fish, skin-side down, in a roasting pan that has been lightly rubbed with vegetable oil. Sprinkle the stuffing mixture over the fish. Place the fish in a 375 degree oven 6 to 7 minutes to finish cooking. When the fish have nearly finished baking, crumble several pieces of the reserved Sage Butter on each fillet so that, in the last moment of cooking, the butter will melt, seasoning the fish.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

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