Roasted Trout with Lemon & Rosemary

Pan Roasted Trout with Lemon & Rosemary

My first (and maybe my last?) fishing pole was a Mickey Mouse fishing pole.

With a conviction to teach his daughter where food came from, my dad took me fishing when I was young. I remember catching a fish just once, but remember at least several meals while camping that my dad had caught on a hook.

In Colorado our fishing access is limited to creeks and reservoirs (there are a few lakes, but they are tiny, some would call them ponds). It seems it is always trout, though I really know nothing about fishing, so I could be wrong. But what I know is that many a meal was served to me as a kid, where a whole trout was seasoned and roasted. I struggled to learned how to separate the meat from the bones in one fell swoop, usually picking them out one by one. 

I know that seeing the whole fish is off putting to some— I don’t blame you. But to me, it’s part of the experience. It says something about that dish; makes it feel “more,” like maybe your dad caught the fish himself.

Pan Roasted Trout with Lemon & Rosemary
Pan Roasted Trout with Lemon & Rosemary

Fresh, trout can have a quite mild flavor. It’s meat is flakey and delicate, and pairs well with a spritz of lemon, a side of potatoes, and fresh herbs. 

It feels like a hallmark of summer to me: a sign that the creeks are gushing and full of life, a part of camping season, and best enjoyed with other fresh summer finds, like rosemary. 

Pan Roasted Trout with Lemon & Rosemary

Roasted Trout with Lemon & Rosemary

Published June 26, 2018 by
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Yields: 2-4   |    Active Time: 45 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 2 whole trout, dedressed 
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 springs rosemary 
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 cups diced red potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss diced potatoes and minced garlic in olive oil. Spread out on a sheet pan, and sprinkle with half of the salt and pepper. Then, bake for 30 minutes, until potatoes are just starting to turn golden on the outside.
    2. Meanwhile, season each fish with the remaining salt & pepper. Then, place half of the lemon slices and 1 sprig of rosemary in the cavity of each fish. If desired, tie the fish closed with twine.
    3. After the potatoes have cooked for 30 minutes, push them to either side of the baking sheet to make room for the fish. Place each fish on the pan, and return pan to oven for 20 minutes, or until meat is opaque and easily flakes when pricked with a fork. Potatoes should also be tender all the way through when pricked with a fork. Serve hot.

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    Potato Galette with Lox (AKA Giant Latke)

    Potato Galette with Lox (AKA Giant Latke)

    It's hard not to immediately fall in love with a dish that is crispy, fried potatoes topped with crème fraiche and lox. Virtually impossible, really. But with a fancy name like "Potato Galette" it would be easy to be scared off by this one, because it sounds hard to make. Which is why, after explaining this dish to several people as "a giant latke," I thought it should be included in the title. 

    The word galette cues visions of beautifully free-form pies in my mind's eye, but according to wiki it's a lot less specific than that. Galettes are various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes, and this crispy potato cake a perfect fit to that description. 

    Call it whatever you want. In my book, crispy potatoes = winning, and lox for breakfast (or brinner) = winning, no matter what name you give it. 

    Potato Galette with Lox (AKA Giant Latke)
    Potato Galette with Lox (AKA Giant Latke)

    I admit, the first time I made a potato galette I was nervous it wouldn't flip out of the pan. For one, I was making it for a party -- a potato themed party, thanks for asking - and didn't want to screw it up. But also, I used a cast iron pan while most recipes recommend a non-stick. I don't own any non-stick pans though (probably hard to believe when you see how full our cupboards are), so I made do with what I had. 

    On that note, no matter the pan you use, please don't hold back on the oil/butter here, even though I know it's tempting. It's what makes the potatoes crispy, and will allow you to flip the galette out the pan in one fell swoop. 

    Potato Galette with Lox (AKA Giant Latke)

    Potato Galette with Lox

    Published May 15, 2018 by
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    Serves: 6-8   |    Total Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

      For the Lamb:
    • 2 Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
    • 1/4 cup avocado oil or melted butter, divided
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 4 ounces lox
    • 1/4 cup creme fraiche, sour cream or plain greek yogurt
    • Optional, for serving: minced chives, capers

    Directions:

    1. Wash potatoes, and peel. Then, shred (I use a food processor (affiliate link!) for this step).
    2. Heat 3 tablespoons oil or butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until oil glistens. Tilt the skillet back and forth to cover the entire bottom.
    3. When the oil is hot, sprinkle have of the shredded potato into the pan. It should sizzle a little bit as it hits — if it does not, the oil is not hot enough yet. Ensure the potato is in an even layer, and sprinkle with half of the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Using a metal spatula, press the potatoes down. Then, continue with the second half of the shredded potatoes, sprinkling them in an even layer. Top with remaining salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Again, press down with the spatula. Now, drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter or oil around the edge of the pan to help ensure it flips out easily.
    4. Cover pan with lid and turn heat down to medium-low. Cook for 10-13 minutes. Potatoes should be cooked through, and browning on the bottom. Now, use the metal spatula to loosen the potato galette from the pan, working your way around the edge and under the galette. Once the galette is loose, get a plate, and flip the galette over onto the plate so that it sites browned-side-up on the plate.
    5. To serve: slice into wedges, and top with a dollop of crème fraiche, minced chives, a slice of lox, and a few capers. Enjoy!

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    Spring Salmon Burgers Made with Canned Salmon

    Spring Salmon Burgers Made with Canned Salmon

    I loooove salmon burgers but pre-cooking a fillet and using that to make burgers -- or mincing up raw fish - is too much to ask of me on a weeknight. So, this recipe uses canned salmon instead. If you make them I think you’ll be amazed at how fancy a simple can of salmon can become with just a few extra ingredients!

    Mix in fresh herbs for a burst of flavor: these burgers use parsley and fresh baby dill, which gives each bite a pop or flavor. Onion, garlic and cayenne help too!

    Spring Salmon Burgers Made with Canned Salmon

    Use something that will give the burgers a crispy crust. You can use almond flour or bread crumbs, but my favorite is cornmeal. It toasts up on the edges, giving the burgers a nice crispy finish. Plus, I pretty much always have a quarter cup of cornmeal laying around.

    Keep it all together: Because this recipe uses canned salmon, you need something to glue everything together. For this recipe, you need to add an egg into the mix. If you were using raw salmon, you might be able to skip this, but here you need it.

    Spring Salmon Burgers Made with Canned Salmon

    Stir, but not too much: This is more of a personal preference. I mash the mixture with a fork, but only just enough to get the egg, cornmeal, and herbs mixed in. I try to leave some of the salmon in small chunks because it gives the final burgers a flakey texture. If you mash the fish too much, the burgers will still taste fine, they’ll just be lacking some flakiness.

    Serve with a creamy, tart sauce. These are served with a lemon-yogurt and dill sauce, which brightens up the dish and compliments the herbs in the burger. Tradition tartar sauce would work too.

    Spring Salmon Burgers Made with Canned Salmon

    In these pictures, I served the burgers over baby greens with radishes and sprouts, but they'd also be fantastic over Green Machine Slaw, or Roasted Asparagus and Raw Radish Salad. Plus, a glass of rosé, which really made my canned salmon meal feel extra fancy 😉

    Spring Salmon Burgers Made with Canned Salmon

    Published April 17, 2018 by
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    Serves: 3   |    Total Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

      For the Salmon Burgers:
    • 1 six ounce can of salmon, juices drained
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 cup cornmeal or almond meal
    • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
    • 1 teaspoon minced dill or 1/4 teaspoon dried dill 
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 2 tablespoon minced onion
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

    • For the Yougurt Sauce:
    • 3 tablespoons greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, minced, OR 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
    • 1/16 teaspoon each salt & ground cayenne

    Directions:

    1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine salmon, egg, cornmeal, parsley, dill, salt, cayenne, and minced garlic & onion. Using a fork, mash just enough to incorporate the ingredients, leaving the fish flakey still.
    2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. When the oil glistens, shape salmon mixture into three equally-sized patties, about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch thick, and place in skillet. Cook on the first side for about 7 minutes, then, use a spatula to flip to second side. Outside should be crispy and golden.
    3. While the salmon burgers cook, make the yogurt sauce: combine ingredients in small bowl and stir until smooth.
    4. Serve salmon burgers as desired — on buns, over greens, etc - with a smear of yogurt sauce on top, and extra dill or cayenne if desired.

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