Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke, Jan Gautro
2 (1-ounce) slices white bread
3/4 cup chopped green onions (about 2 bunches)
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms (about 4 ounces)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
4 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
8 (8-ounce) dressed whole rainbow trout
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Lemon wedges and fresh thyme sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place bread in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until crumbly. Sprinkle crumbs on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 5 minutes or until golden.
Increase oven temperature to 400°.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add green onions and onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Add mushrooms to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until mushrooms soften and most of liquid evaporates. Add chopped thyme; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Combine mushroom mixture, breadcrumbs, and bacon in a bowl.
Open trout flat as you would a book. Drizzle trout evenly with juice; sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Spoon about 1/4 cup mushroom mixture onto bottom half of each fish; fold over to cover with top half of fish. Arrange fish on a foil-lined broiler pan. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork or until desired degree or doneness. Garnish with lemon wedges and thyme sprigs, if desired. Serve immediately.
Wonderful easy recipe. I followed it except I added a little more bacon & mushrooms to the stuffing. I too, sprayed some butter on the outside of the fish before baking. The stuffing didn't overpower the delicate flavor of the fish. Definitely a keeper!
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