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Pan Roasted Trout with Roasted Beet and Smoked Trout Salad

This recipe is from Seafood Watch and Chef William Dissen.


Pan Roasted Sunburst Trout (yield 4 portions)


Whole Trout, gutted                                        2 ea. (approx. 1 lb ea.)

Lemon, sliced into rings                                2 ea.

Garlic Cloves                                                     6 ea.

Thyme                                                                  1 bunch

Parsley                                                                 4 sprigs

Olive Oil                                                               3 tbsp.

Butter                                                                   3 tbsp.


Preheat a 16” cast iron pan over medium high heat (or over the coals of a camp fire).Season the inside cavity and outside of the trout fillets with salt and pepper.Place the lemon rings, a few sprigs of thyme and the parsley inside the cavity of the trout.Add the oil to the pan and place the trout into the pan and cook until the bottom side of the fish begins to turn golden.Using a large spoon or spatula, carefully flip the fish over to brown the other side.As the opposite side begins to brown, pour out the oil and add the butter, garlic cloves, and remaining thyme sprigs.As the butter begins to foam, tilt the cast iron pan slightly and use a large spoon and baste the butter over the trout to help cook the trout fully.  You can check if the trout is cooked through by inserting a knife into the trout and if it comes out clean and is warm, then the trout is finished.Carefully remove the trout from the pan and serve immediately.

Roasted Beet & Smoked Trout Salad with Endive and Green Goddess Dressing (yield 4 portions)


Roasted Beets:

Red Beets, medium, washed                                            4 ea.

Yellow Beets, medium, washed                                       4 ea.

Chioggia Beets, small, washed                                        1 ea.

Olive Oil                                                                                  2 tbsp.

S&P                                                                                        to taste

Green Goddess Dressing:

Roasted Garlic                                                                   2 cloves

Olive Oil                                                                                1 tbsp.

White Anchovies                                                                      3 ea.

Baasil, chopped                                                                       2 tsp.

Chives, chopped                                                                      2 tsp.

Parsley, chopped                                                                     2 tsp.

White Vinegar                                                                          1 tsp.

Duke’s Mayonnaise                                                               ¾ cup

Water                                                                                     1 tbsp.

S&P                                                                                      to taste


Yellow Endive                                                                      2 heads

Pecans, toasted                                                                     4 tbsp.

Smoked Sunburst Trout, broken into pieces                 2, 8oz fillets

Sunburst Trout Roe                                                               2 oz.

Olive Oil                                                                                  2 tbsp.

JQ Dickinson Heirloom Salt                                                1 tsp.

Lemon, cut in half                                                                  1 ea.


Roasted Beets:

Preheat an oven to 400F.Toss beets in olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.Place beets in aluminum foil (separate red and yellow so they don’t bleed).Place on a sheet tray and put in the oven to roast for about 45 minutes, or until tender when penetrated with a knife.Allow to cool slightly, and using a towel, remove the skin from the roasted beets.Cut the beets into quarters and reserve.

Green Goddess Dressing

Combine all of the ingredients with ¼ cup of the mayonnaise into a blender (reserve the remaining mayonnaise).Process on high, until smooth.Using a rubber spatula, scrape the green goddess base into a small bowl and fold in the remaining mayonnaise and stir until combines.  Season to taste with S&P and adjust seasoning as necessary.

To Finish:

Smear the green goddess dressing across the bottom of a large serving bowl.Toss the roasted beets in olive oil and adjust seasoning with S&P.Arrange the beets overtop of the green goddess and break the smoked trout fillets into pieces and arrange around the beets.Place the yellow endive & pecans around the plate and garnish with dollops of the fresh trout roe.Finish with the heirloom salt and fresh lemon juice.

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