Wednesday, August 29, 2012


yields ten servings

15 bacon slices
10 brook trout, trimmed, boned
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
16 fl oz. buttermilk, or as needed
16 fl oz. vegetable oil, or as needed
8 oz. all-purpose flour, or as needed
2 lemons, cut into wedges

Lay the bacon on a sheet pan in a single layer. Place in a 375°F/191°C oven and cook for 15 minutes or until crispy. Cut each slice in half and reserve. Season the interior of the trout with salt and pepper. Lay the trout in a buttermilk-lined hotel pan. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Lightly dredge the trout in flour and shake off excess. Pan fry the trout 4-5 minutes per side; lower the heat as needed to avoid scorching. Blot briefly on absorbent paper towels. Lay 3 slices of crispy bacon on top of each trout and serve immediately with a lemon wedge, or reserve hot for service.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Professional Chef, 8th edition, by The Culinary Institute of America

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