Oven Roasted Trout (Trota al Forno)

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That, my friends, is the first time I have ever cooked a whole fish.

And let me tell you, it was fabulous, easy, and I will definitely be doing this a lot more often.

The entire meal was easy.  Just roasted fish, vegetables, and potatoes.  You can use any fish you want.  I used trout because a friend gifted me the trout.  It went something like this:

Her: Do you want a trout?

Me: Sure

Her: It’s the whole fish.  Is that okay?

Me: Yeah

It’s not real common in the US to cook a whole fish, and it’s really uncommon to get a whole fish at a restaurant.  I don’t know if it’s the “Oh my gosh it has a FACE!” thing, or what it’s about, but all around the world you get a whole fish on your plate.

Check out these beauties.

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When we made our reservation at the restaurant, the owner told us that the fisherman had just contacted him to let him know that he had caught two red snapper.  The owner asked if we would like him to buy those for us.  Of course we did!  When we returned that night, he proudly showed us the beautiful fish, and then he cooked them up for our supper.

This next picture is where the fish were caught that day.  Notice the little fishing boat?  I wonder if it’s the same fisherman’s boat? Could be…

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  Oven Roasted Trout (Trota al Forno)

1 lb whole trout, gutted and descaled

thin lemon slices

thin shallot slices

thing garlic slices

fresh thyme and dill

room temperature butter

olive oil

salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450F

Make some diagonal slits on the body of both sides of the fish.  Rub the inside and outside with as much butter as you want.  Liberally salt and pepper the inside and outside.  Don’t be shy, fish can take a decent amount of salt.

Stuff the belly of the fish with the garlic, shallots, lemon, and herbs.  Pour some olive oil in a shallow roasting pan and lay your fish in there.  Cook on the middle rack for 12- 15 minutes.  I flipped mine 1/2 way through.

Set the oven to broil, and move the pan to the top rack.  Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.  Let sit for a few minutes after removing it from the oven.  Easy peasey!

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Italian Dump Cake

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Okay, it’s not a true “dump cake”, it’s easier than that, and nothing screams Italy about it.

Puff pastry is very popular in Italy, and mirtilli (wild mountain blueberries that grow in the Alps) also grow very well in the acidic soils of the foothills in Como where the Azalea grow.

I just thought it was funny to call it that, given the circumstances.

He was Italian, I was dumped – get it?

This dessert is actually a healthy antioxidant powerhouse due to the use of lots and lots of wild blueberries.  

You just feel good after you eat it.  Not crappy.

In fact, there is so much natural manganese in wild blueberries, that they assist in blood sugar regulation and cell metabolism.  Probably why there is no sugar crash!

This recipe is for one little dessert.  One little antioxidant rich dessert, just for you.  Because you’re worth it!

Italian Dump Cake

1 premade puff pastry shell, snapped off

small slice pasture or organic butter

1/4 C wild blueberries (I used frozen then dethawed them)

1 t sugar

1 drop vanilla

lemon zest (use only organic – you can’t wash the chemicals off the skin)

mint leaves

Preheat the oven to 425 F

Snap off 1 frozen pastry shell and brush with melted butter.Put on a baking sheet on the middle rack and cook for 15 minutes.  Mix blueberries, sugar, vanilla, and as much lemon zest as you want.  Let sit, and when the timer goes off take out the pan with the pastry shell and fill up the center with as much blueberries as possible.  Whatever doesn’t fit you can top it off later.  Or just eat them.  Return to oven for another 5 minutes.  Watch for burning!  If your oven cooks quickly, lessen the baking time.  Pull out, let cool for a few minutes, garnish with mint leaves and serve!  Serve yourself.  Set a pretty place setting.  This dessert is not too sweet, so if you want more sugar you have many options.  You can…sprinkle with powdered sugar.  You can…add more sugar to the blueberries.  You can…mix blueberry jam with the blueberries.  It’s up to you my dears!

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