Archive for April 2013

Grilled Trout Fillets topped with Crunchy Nut Lemon


2 tablespoons pine nuts
About 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
2 oil-packed anchovy fillets, minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 medium cloves)
About 3/4 tsp. salt, divided
2 teaspoons very finely shredded lemon zest
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 medium heads radicchio (see Notes)
4 skin-on trout fillets (each about 1/2 in. thick)
Freshly ground black pepper
About 1 tbsp. lemon juice


Toast pine nuts in a wide (not nonstick) frying pan over medium heat until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Pour into a medium bowl and set aside

In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat until just warm and add panko. Toast panko, stirring occasionally, until a shade darker, about 5 minutes. Add anchovies and garlic; stir to combine well.

Add panko mixture to pine nuts. Stir in 1/4 tsp. salt, the lemon zest, and parsley

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 3 seconds). Cut each radicchio head in half, cut each half into 3 wedges, and brush cut sides with olive oil. Skewer wedges onto metal skewers, 3 per skewer. Grill radicchio skewers (close lid on gas grill), 2 minutes.

Turn radicchio skewers over. Brush fish on both sides with olive oil and grill, skin side down, 3 to 4 minutes (close lid on gas grill), or until they look opaque (cut to test) and loosen easily. Using 2 spatulas, gently turn fish over (close lid on gas grill) and cook 1 minute more. Transfer fillets to plates and radicchio to a cutting board. Season fish with salt, pepper, and a few drops of lemon juice to taste.

Remove skewers from grilled radicchio and chop radicchio roughly. Toss with remaining lemon juice and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir remaining 3 tbsp. olive oil into bread crumbs and spoon over flesh side of fish. Serve fish with radicchio.


Quarry Lake (Marion, OH)

Skipped out of work early today and headed over to Quarry Lake with Randall Hopkins to see if we could land a few of the trout that the ODNR released earlier this month. With the temp around 52 degrees it was a beautiful day to get out and fish.

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We was a little limited on tie and only fished for about an hour but I did manage to land my first rainbow trout of the year.


If the weather cooperates tomorrow I might try my luck there again.

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