Thanks so much to the Wors, who stayed at our cottage this week, for giving us some fresh trout. Clyde fried two fillets the other night – delicious! But last night I thought we would try something new. As luck would have it, my neighbor had given us some home-grown veggies that I needed to cook up, so after a little search for ideas on the internet, I made the following deliciousness:
Trout with Veggie Mash
(use whatever veggies & spices you have on hand – I’m just listing what I used last night for this recipe)
1 cup water
3 very small eggplant (probably equal to one medium-sized eggplant at the store), peeled and diced
2 small yellow squash, diced (kinda wish I’d peeled those too)
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 plum tomatoes, diced
2 stems fresh basil, roughly chopped
2 stems fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 trout fillets
Step 1. Put the water, eggplant, tomato, onion, squash, basil, rosemary, salt & pepper in a large pot. Boil until the veggies are soft.
Step 2. Mash up the cooked veggies in the same pan you cooked them in (I used the end of a rolling pin with no handles to mash mine up. I left plenty of chunks in the mixture when I was finished. I’m lazy like that!).
Step 3. Spread half of the veggie mash on the bottom of a greased casserole dish, place the trout fillets on top of that and then spread the second half of the veggie mash on top of the fillets.
Step 4. I cooked the fillets at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, uncovered. But you might need more or less time depending on your oven and the thickness of the fillets.
Notes: I wish I had added garlic and chives. Plus, instead of just water I wish I’d used 1/2 cup white wine and 1/2 cup water. Good thing I have more fillets to cook up tonight. And more veggies too…tonight I’m using zucchini, green beans, and pattypan squash, chives, oregano, basil, garlic, and WINE! Duh, I can’t believe I didn’t do that last night!
I’ll update you on that batch tomorrow.
Let me know if you try this recipe and how you changed it for your on-hand ingredients. Cheers!