Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Grilled Trout and Fennel with Lemon Cream Sauce

Our friend Lucas did some fishing in Lake Michigan over the July Fourth weekend. Since he doesn't like to eat his catch we were the lucky recipients of some fresh lake trout.
Lucas brings us his catch
We decided to grill it. Matt has been wanting to grill fennel bulbs & we thought we'd do that with the fish. I wanted to do a sauce for them both & thought a lemon cream sauce would be a good flavor with both. Matt told me later he was doubtful of the sauce but couldn't believe how good it was. Grilling mellows the flavor of the fennel so don't worry about it overpowering the dish.
Grilled Trout & Fennel with Lemon Cream Sauce

Grilled Trout & Fennel with Lemon Cream Sauce

2 T butter
2 T all-purpose flour
1/4 c white wine
3/4 c cream
2 T lemon juice
salt & pepper
2 lake trout fillets
2 fennel bulbs
1 scallion, chopped (optional)

In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour. Cook while stirring for 1 minute. Stir in the white wine. Stir in the cream and lemon juice. Cook until thickened. Salt & pepper to taste. If the sauce is too thick add either more wine or cream or a little milk.

Slice the fennel bulbs in half. Grill until slightly charred. Grill fish until cooked through.

Serve both with warm sauce & sprinkle with scallions.

Serves 2

Sautéed Radishes
If you are wondering what the other side dish is on the plate, its sautéed radishes. The other night we went to Corner Table for dinner & the amuse bouche was thinly sliced radishes with a pat of Hope butter & chives. Hope butter is a locally made butter that is just a little bit of yellow heaven. After having it in this dish we went out & bought a pound for home. Anyway, we sliced up some radishes & sautéed them until just turning brown in a little Hope butter. It makes for a dish that is quite a surprise, mellow, sweet & a little crunchy.

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Stacey Snacks said...

Love the Mario Batali crocks on Lucas!

Amy P. said...

This looks delicious, Kathy, we'll have to try this, I'm game for trying to grill fennel.

Do you know if you can get a whole fresh trout from the Star Prairie guys at the Mill City Market, or do they just sell smoked trout?

Peter M said...

Trout is one of favourite fish...that lemon/cream sauce is so fitting!

Maria said...

Great sauce for the trout! And I adore fennel! Nice one!

jillian said...

Trout with lemon cream sauce sounds so incredibly good!

Deborah said...

I haven't had fresh trout since I was a kid. This sounds great!

MrOrph said...

That sauce sounds amazing and what you did with those radishes; brilliant!

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