Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Preparing Baked Trout With Sour Cabbage

Baked Stuffed Trout

1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of butter or margarine, melted
8 to 10 pounds of lake trout, cleaned
Canola or Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Garden Vegetable Stuffing (below)Garden Vegetable Stuffing
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 cup coarsely shredded carrots
2 cups dry bread crumbs
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup snipped parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
1 tablespoon plus 11/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 ounces mushrooms, chopped
1 egg
1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Trout Fillets

Stir and cook onion in butter or margarine until tender. Gently stir in remaining ingredients.
Rub fish cavity with pepper and salt. Stuff with Garden Vegetable Stuffing. Close opening with skewers and lace with string. Spoon and remaining stuffing into baking dish. Cover and refrigerate. Heat in oven the last 20 minutes of the fish cooking time before serving.
Brush fish with oil and place in shallow roasting pan. Mix lemon juice and butter or margarine. Bake fish 350 degrees uncovered in oven. Brush the fish occasionally with butter or margarine mixture until fish flakes very easily with fork, about 1½ hours.

Sour Cream Cabbage
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1 medium head of green cabbage (Chinese cabbage if available), shredded (about 8 cups)
1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

How to Cook Fresh Cabbage:
Look for heavy, firm heads of good green color. Remove outside leaves. Wash cabbage. Cut into wedges and shred cabbage with a knife. Give the shredded cabbage a quick rinse. Discard the core.
To Boil:
Heat 1 inch (½ inch for shredded cabbage) salted water (½ teaspoon salt to 1 cup water) to boiling. Add cabbage ( and 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice if using red cabbage). Heat and cover to boiling. Then reduce heat. Boil shredded cabbage for about 5 to 8 minutes until tender and crisp. Then drain.
To Steam:
Place steamer basket in ½ inch water (water should not touch bottom of basket). Place cabbage in basket. Cover tightly and heat to boiling. Then reduce heat. Steam until tender and crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes for shredded cabbage.
After the cabbage has been cooked, mix flour and sour cream. Heat the remaining ingredients in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until butter or margarine is melted. Add the cabbage and stir and cook until tender but crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in sour cream mixture.
To Microwave This Dish:
Place ¼ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons water and the cabbage in a 3-quart casserole dish that can be microwave. Cover tightly and microwave on high (100%) 3 minutes. Then stir. Cover tightly and microwave until tender but crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes longer. Then drain. Mix sour cream and flour. Omit the oil. Stir remaining ingredients and sour cream mixture into the cabbage.
Michael Russell
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