Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Roasted Steelhead Trout with Green Beans and Tomatoes


Ever since our visit to the lakes region in Austria, Miss F has been obsessed with fish. Her favorites are char and trout. Seeing that we are in trout country, I decided to have prepare trout for dinner. The only issue we had was that there was only steelhead trout available at the grocer, which isn't a very Coloradoan fish. Nonetheless, the tomatoes and green beans were from the Vail Farmer's Market, so we had a somewhat local meal.  The dish is amazing and the perfect summer weeknight dinner.  Miss F loved the fish and could have probably eaten both filets.
Roasted Steelhead Trout with Green Beans and Tomatoes

4 steelhead trout filets
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large tomato, cut into wedges
¾ pound green beans, trimmed

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the filets on it. Stir together the butter, 1 clove of minced garlic, and ½ teaspoon of the lemon pepper. Brush the butter over each filet. Whisk the olive oil, remaining clove of minced garlic and ½ teaspoon of the lemon pepper in a bowl. Toss the tomato wedges and green beans in the olive oil. Add the tomato and green beans to the pan. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thai Basil Shrimp


Long time, no post... It's been a crazy month or so. We took an amazing vacation to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos for two and a half weeks and then drove up to our house in Colorado, where we will be spending the next five weeks.  It made for lots of amazing eating, but not so much in the way of cooking.  Miss F devoured basil shrimp when we were in Thailand, she couldn't get enough, so I decided to try and replicate the recipe at home and I think I was pretty successful.  I used a mild Fresno chile, but feel free to amp up the heat if you are so inclined.  This dish was successful, the rice, not so much.  Cooking rice at nearly 9000 feet is proving to be very tricky.
Thai Basil Shrimp

2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons brown sugar
½ cup basil leaves
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ cup minced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 chile, seeded and chopped (I used Fresno)
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cups cooked white rice

In a small bowl, stir together the fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar and basil leaves. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chiles to the skillet, sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the shrimp, stir fry 2 minutes more. Pour the sauce over the shrimp, stir fry 2 to 4 minutes more, until the shrimp are cooked through. Serve over rice.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Shrimp with Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado Salad


My mom broke her patella while she was in Maryland a few weeks back, so she hasn't had quite the summer that she imagined she would have.  Luckily, she didn't need surgery, but she did need help in the kitchen.  My dad isn't a cook.  He once boiled hot dogs and corn on the cob in the same pan.  His rationale was that the grease from the hot dogs would "butter the corn."  Gross.  My mom has lots of fresh herbs and she always has gulf shrimp from the Kemah seafood market.  I stopped at the store on the way to her house to make lunch, picked up some fresh vegetables and this salad was invented.  Miss F inhaled the shrimp, tolerated the avocado and refused the rest.  Her loss.
Shrimp with Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado Salad

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 lemon
½ teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon pepper, divided
1 large or 2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 large avocado, chopped
10 leaves basil, minced
2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

Whisk together 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, juice of ½ the lemon, ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Gently toss the tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and basil in the dressing. Set aside.

Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle the shrimp with the remaining salt and pepper. Add the shrimp to the pan, juice the remaining lemon half over the shrimp. Sauté until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Serve the shrimp with the salad on the side.
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