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Cook that trout !

September 19, 2016
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Hey ! Cook that Trout

Got One! , was the battle cry of a few of my trout angling friends over the past weekend

while catching some of Vermonts finest table fair, the Rainbow trout here in Bennington.

I was asked “ Chris, how do you prepare these fish,and make them taste as good as you do”, so I thought about that answer for awhile, and to make this as easy as I could for the novice chef.

Our stream trout here are very palatable but some care does need to be taken in preparing them for the table.

Remember that cold water stream trout have a nice white flesh that is easly prepared

I prefer to fillet my fish, as you can do more with the fish than if you decided to leave it whole. One trick I have learned over the years is to chill your trout fillet in the coldest water you can get for thirty minutes it will make the meat firm and easy to work with.

The next question is to figure out whether you want pan fried or grilled trout, for the novice pan fried trout is very easy to accomplish in a non stressful situation.

I start with a 10” nonstick frying pan with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, heat on medium high for five minutes then turn it down to medium, make sure your trout fillets are dry as the water will pop when you put them in the fry pan.

Take your fillets and add salt and pepper to taste, I like to make mine Italian so I will add a table spoon of Italian salad dressing to my fish and spread it on the fleshy side and let it sit at room temp for five minutes.

Then, take your fillet, flesh side down and cook it for 4 minutes then flip it over and cook it for another 4 minutes. It dosent take long for this type of fish to cook, and most novice chefs will over cook the fish until it is so dry that the dog wont eat it. So dont make that mistake.

Add your favorite tossed salad and you have created an easy, healthy and tasty meal that the fish lovers in your family will be asking you to make again.

So dont be afraid to try something different in the kitchen with the great tasting fish that you catch here in Vermont.

Chris Bates hosts “Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped” with Stephanie Calabro , which can be seen daily on CAT-TV, GNAT-TV, Orca Media, and www.thehuntingchannelonline.com

To contact Chris Bates email www.chrisbates227@msn.com

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Chris Bates began his career as an outdoor enthusiast in 1980- 19 yr old Water-Fowler,and as time went on, Chris picked up the art of water fowl calling and his 12 gauge shotgun then in 1983, Chris purchased his first gun dog, a German Shorthaired Pointer. Chris learned to train upland bird dogs in the fine art of pointing. From that day on Chris never looked back. Chris's dogs have won numerous championships as well as some AKC honers. It was in 1985 when Chris opened his game farm/hunt club, and Chris became (at the time) the largest breeder of Bobwhite Quail in Northern Illinois, as well as Chukar partridge and wild turkey. Chris entered the world of Professional hunting in 1989- and was subsequently named 1989 winner of the Pheasant Championships with his German Shorthaired Pointer "Painter" Chris has finished in the top 10 in the 20 yrs that he competed with his dogs. With years of outdoor experience, including hunting and fishing, Chris began a media career that would take him to new heights, in 1990, Chris began doing fill in work for other accomplished broadcasters in the outdoor radio industry. from 2006-2008 Chris was a featured columnist for the Quad City Times and more recently a columnist for the Bennington Banner 2015 When Chris began his program "Hunting the Midwest" now known as Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped 26 yrs ago it wasn't long before he began changing the way outdoor programs were done. Chris Made it his mission to broadcast to the avid sportsman, but also to women and novices. That enthusiasm is evident, as Chris and Stephanie continue to tour the Northeast conducting and hosting Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped on station through out the Northeast. https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorSecretsUnwrapped/