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Trout Stuffed with Lemon Rice

No recipe image available.Fresh, sweet trout meets its match here with a delicate rice pilaf seasoned with lemon, slivers of sun-dried tomatoes and garlic.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter - divided use
3 tablespoons minced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup white rice
2 cups chicken stock
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons slivered, sun dried oil-packed tomatoes
1 lemon, juiced
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds whole trout, boned

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large heavy skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter; reserve 1 tablespoon. Add the onion, garlic, and rice; sauté over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until the rice is golden, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken stock and salt. Stir, cover, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in the parsley, tomatoes, lemon juice and grated lemon peel.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C). Lightly butter a 13x9x2-inch baking-serving dish, using about 1 tablespoon butter; reserve remaining butter. Place the fish in the dish and butter both sides, using the remaining 1 tablespoon butter.
  4. Place 1/3 to 1/2 cup rice into the cavity of the trout. Spoon the remaining rice around the fish. Cover the surrounding rice with aluminum foil, leaving the fish exposed. Bake for about 10 minutes per inch thickness of the stuffed fish.*Bake until the flesh feels firm and flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve at once.

Makes 3 servings.

*Baking for about 10 minutes per inch thickness means gauging the gutted, unstuffed fish at its thickest part when the fish is lying flat on one side. A fish of about 1 1/2 inches thickness would be baked for about 15 minutes.