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Baked Stuffed Lake Trout

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Ingredients
  White fish/Very fresh lake trout / pickerel 4 Pound, cleaned (2 Pieces, About 2 Pound Each)
  Lemon 1⁄2 Large, rind grated and juice extracted
For dressing:
  Fine soft bread crumbs 4 1⁄2 Cup (72 tbs)
  Butter 6 Tablespoon
  Chopped green onions 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Finely chopped parsley 1 Tablespoon
  Chopped fresh basil/1/2 teaspoon dried crushed basil 1 Teaspoon
For fish coating:
  Soft butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Flour 1 Tablespoon
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Parsley 2 Tablespoon
  Lemon 1 , thinly sliced
Directions

1. Wipe the fish inside and out with a damp cloth.
2. Sprinkle the cavities with about 1 tsp lemon juice.
3. Reserve the rest of the juice.
4. To prepare the dressing, place the bread crumbs in a large bowl.
5. Add the grated lemon rind.
6. Melt the butter in a frying pan over moderate heat.
7. Saute the onions until transparent, 3-4 minutes.
8. Mix in the salt, pepper, parsley, and basil.
9. Cook 2 minutes.
10. Pour the butter mixture over the crumbs and lemon rind.
11. Toss well to blend the flavours.
12. Divide the dressing into 2 parts.
13. Stuff each fish with 1/2 the dressing.
14. Close the sides together, press toothpicks through both sides, and lace up each fish with heavy thread.
15. Smear the fish all over with the soft butter.
16. Lay in a large, shallow roasting pan.
17. Sprinkle with the remaining lemon juice.
18. Bake for 10 minutes per pound plus 10 extra minutes).
19. Baste with accumulated pan juices after 10 minutes.
20. After the first 15 minutes of cooking, sprinkle each fish with the flour and the rest of the salt and pepper.
21. Return the fish to the oven.
22. Wait 5 minutes.
23. Baste to set the crust.
24. Return to oven for 10 minutes.
25. Remove fish to a heated platter.
26. Take out the thread and toothpicks.
27. Pour any pan juices around the fish.
28. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices.
29. Serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Canadian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Interest: 
Holiday
Ingredient: 
Fish
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
10

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