Harvested from the clean mountain waters of East Fork Farm the day before market, and baked with lemon, butter and rosemary, this fish was able to exit the stage with a graceful bow. The audience applauded.
Baked Whole Trout with Lemon and Rosemary: (Serves 2)
*1 whole fresh trout, cleaned and rinsed
*2 sprigs fresh rosemary
*1/2 lemon, sliced
*1 clove garlic, minced
*2 Tbsp butter
*sea salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking dish with parchment. Place fish in dish. Arrange 3 lemon slices, 1 sprig rosemary, 1 Tbsp butter and half of the minced garlic inside fish.
Divide the second tablespoon of butter and place on top of the trout, with additional rosemary, garlic, sea salt and pepper. Scatter a few leftover slices of lemon in dish. Bake for about 15-20 minutes (time will vary depending on thickness of fish), or until all the way cooked through but not over done. Serve on a platter with fresh sauteed veggies or a large salad.
Remove bones before eating. You can reserve these (and head) for stock.
*Omega 3 fatty acids are not manufactured by the body, but are essential to human health. Taking in omega 3 rich foods, such as trout, has been proven to protect against a number of ailments, including:
*High LDL cholesterol levels
*Bowel and colon cancer
Trout is also a wonderful source of vitamin A, B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folate), B12, selenium, iron, protein, and phosphorus.