AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Mint, Part Deux DATE: 5/10/2009 03:13:00 AM ----- BODY:
After the mojitos, which I accidentally made too strong, I needed dinner. With plenty more mint in the garden (and bacon in the fridge) I prepared another favorite, simple recipe...

Trout with Mint and Bacon
3 slices bacon, diced
4 rainbow trout fillets
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon canola oil (opt.)
1/4 cup mint, chiffonade
salt and pepper to taste.

1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until the fat renders and the bacon begins to crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan to drain on a paper towel, but save the fat.

2. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Dust with flour and spank off any excess.

3. Reheat the pan with the bacon fat over medium high flame. If you don't have enough fat you can add a little canola oil. Add the trout fillets, flesh side down, and cook for 5 minutes on the first side, until the flesh is lightly golden. Flip over and cook for 3 minutes on the skin side.

4. Place the fish on a serving platter. Sprinkle bacon and mint on top. Squeeze lemon over the whole thing.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:5/10/2009 09:53:00 AM I'm about to harvest my first mint from the garden today. I actually love the taste of the mint before the stems get woody later in the season. I don't know if there's such a thing as "young mint", but it's my favorite. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous noble pig DATE:5/10/2009 10:23:00 AM Okay I've never done mint and bacon, that sounds absolutely! I love it. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Elra DATE:5/10/2009 11:33:00 AM I honestly like mint in everything. I put fresh mint, honey and lemon in my tea too (everyday). Recipe sounds great. I like the addition of bacon in there. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Katie DATE:5/10/2009 12:20:00 PM This sounds like another great fish recipe! I would have never thought of that combination, but I'll have to try it out. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Heather DATE:5/10/2009 06:06:00 PM ohhh, yum. i love the mint and bacon combo. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types DATE:5/11/2009 12:18:00 AM The mint and the savory taste of bacon sounds great. I should just start a pot of mint outside. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Grace DATE:5/11/2009 06:18:00 AM minty fish, eh? maybe that's the secret to getting me to enjoy fish. if not that, perhaps the bacon will help. couldn't hurt, right? after all, it's bacon. :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:5/11/2009 07:24:00 AM Lydia -- I bet there is such a thing!

noble pig -- it's a great combo for salsa's too.

Katie -- If you liked the tilapia, then I think you'll definitely like this one! So so simple.

Heather -- it's unexpected, but so good.

T.W. -- a pot sounds great... easier to contain.

Grace -- Bacon makes everything taste better. But if you're squeamish about fish, best to start with super-duper fresh fish. Actually, I think this recipe, might be a good place. The trout is mild and the mint and bacon have such a wonderful flavor. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:5/11/2009 05:54:00 PM Julia, you made everything sound so good, and easy. I bought halibut for tonight. I have a bourbon/soy marinade which I have put on top. I plan to bake at high temp. (450ish.)
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