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Program #748

Vicky Murphy

Hazelnut-Brown Butter Trout

4 10- to 12-oz. pan-dressed trout
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bunch green onions, cut into thin strips
4 tablespoons butter
¼ cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Spread trout open; sprinkle meat side with cumin, salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add two trout, skin-side-up; cook for 2 minutes. Turn skin-side-down; cook 2-3 minutes more or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Line four plates with green onion tops. Transfer fish to plates, skin-side-down. Cover; keep warm. Add additional oil, as needed to fry remaining fish. Cook as above. Transfer to plates. Cover; keep warm.

Reduce heat to medium. Add butter and hazelnuts to skillet; cook, stirring often, about 2 minutes, until butter and nuts begin to brown. Stir in lemon juice and vinegar; cook for 30 seconds until slightly thickened (aroma will be strong). Add remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Pour nut mixture over trout; serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

Pecan Smoked Trout Salad

8 oz. pecan smoked trout, skin removed
1 lb. mixed spring salad greens
2 fresh ripe pears, peeled, cored & sliced
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped mint
1 tablespoon chopped green onions
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup pecan pieces, toasted

Spread salad greens in large platter. Layer pear slices, cheese and trout over greens. In a small bowl, combine oil, vinegar, mint, onions, mustard, salt, pepper and sugar. Stir with a whisk. Pour over salad ingredients. Top with pecan pieces. Serves 4 as an appetizer.

Grilled Tuna with Wasabi Sauce

2 lbs. tuna, cut into 4-8 oz. portions
3/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 tablespoon wasabi

Place tuna in a shallow baking dish or bowl. Combine remaining ingredients well, then pour over tuna. Cover fish and place in refrigerate to marinate for 30 minutes, turning once. Grill about 3-4 minutes on each side over moderately hot coals. Serve immediately with Wasabi Sauce. Makes 4 generous servings.

Wasabi Sauce

1 cup low fat sour cream or mayonnaise
2 teaspoons wasabi
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Sauce should be served at room temperature. Makes one cup of sauce.


Salt in Antiquity

While salt is cheap today, it used to be worth its weight in gold. Historians believe that Roman soldiers were once paid with salt. In fact, the word 'salary' comes from the Latin word 'salarium,' or payment in salt. During the late Roman Empire, salt was carried across 400 miles of the Sahara desert by caravans of as many as 40,000 camels. It was that important to humanity!
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