Carolina Country Club Mountain Trout
Recipe courtesy of Patrick Colley, Executive Chef, Carolina Country Club, Raleigh, N.C.
- For Mountain Trout
- Sunburst Rainbow Trout - 4 millets (approx. 6 ozs. each)
- asiago grits - 1, see recipe below
- dry white wine - 4 ozs.
- shallots - 1 tsp., minced
- garlic - 1 1/4 tsp., minced
- tomatoes - 2 ozs., peeled, seeded and diced
- unsalted butter - 2 ozs., cold, cubed
- parsley - 1/2 tsp., finely chopped
- chives - 1/2 tsp., finely cut
- salt - to taste
- pepper - to taste
- For Asiago Grits
- Shrimp or Chicken Stock - 1 1/2 cups
- heavy cream - 1 1/2 cups
- kosher salt - 2 tsps.
- stronground grits - 1 cup
- unsalted butter - 2 ozs.
- asiago cheese - 2 ozs.
- salt - to taste
- black pepper - to taste
For Mountain Trout
- Skin and remove pin-bones from trout fillets. Cut each fillet in half. Reserve.
- Season trout fillets with salt and pepper. Sautée trout in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Cook to medium rare. Remove fillets and keep warm.
- Add shallots, garlic and white wine to saucepan. Reduce mixture until liquid has reduced by 1/2. Add diced tomatoes, reduce heat to very low. Add cubed butter slowly creating an emulsion sauce.
- Once 3/4 of the butter is added and melted remove from heat add remaining butter and stir until all butter is incorporated. Add parsley and chives. Season with salt and pepper.
For Asiago Grits
- Place broth, heavy cream and salt into a saucepan and put over medium-high heat.
- Bring mixture to a boil.
- Slowly whisk grits into the mixture.
- Reduce heat to medium-low heat. Stir occasionally. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
- Add cheese and butter. Incorporate thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.'
Note: Grits should be soft and creamy. If they become "stiff" simply add a small amount of warm broth or water until the desired consistency is reached.
- Place a small portion fo grits on your serving plate. Top grits with one full trout fillet.
- Liberally sauce fish and serve with your favorite green vegetable.