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Trout With Hazelnuts, Lemon And Parsley Brown Butter


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  • 3/4 cup dry Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup crushed toasted hazelnuts plus
  • 3 tablespoons crushed toasted hazelnuts
  • 8 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 4 whole boneless trout
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup butter - (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel


Servings 4


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil large rimmed baking sheet. Combine breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup hazelnuts and 2 tablespoons parsley in medium bowl. Open trout and sprinkle flesh side with salt and pepper. Press hazelnut mixture into flesh side of butterflied fish.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add 1 whole trout, hazelnut-side down. Sauté until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer trout, hazelnut-side up, to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining olive oil and trout. Transfer trout to oven and roast until opaque in center, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter in same skillet over medium heat and allow to brown. Add 3 tablespoons crushed hazelnuts, 6 tablespoons parsley, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon peel; stir to combine. Season sauce with salt and pepper; pour over fish. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon lemon peel and serve immediately.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

To crush the toasted nuts, seal them in a plastic bag, and pound with a rolling pin.

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