… now don’t go jumping down my throat… I tried my upmost to purchase fresh mackerel this week and could I find any..? Could I buggery!
… my Random Recipes selection this month was chosen for me by the delightful Kate from What Kate Baked and she chose page 67 from the brilliant Gary Rhodes – Keeping it Simple… and a recipe for grilled mackerel with a caesar potato salad… off I popped to the fishmongers and it seems fresh mackerel is not such a popular fish on the east coast… I checked the local supermarkets too and no such joy… I even went as far as the nearest Waitrose… a full 40 miles away… a classy supermarket that can always be relied upon for all kids of unusual requests but no such luck… so back to the drawing board and to be as fair and honest as I could be I simply turned back one page and there was a lovely recipe for trout, a fish that is so local that if I couldn’t get it from the fishmonger I could actually go and scoop it out of the river at the bottom of the garden…
trout with roasted hazelnut butter
this was truly a wonderfully fresh, fast, tasty meal… if not slightly summery… and the nutty buttery sauce was divine… I always forget how fast and tasty fish is to cook and eat!
25g skinned hazelnuts – finely chopped
100g softened butter and a little extra for brushing
2 tablespoons of hazelnut oil or olive oil
1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped chives
– toast the hazelnuts either under the grill or in a dry frying pan and then mix it into the utter oil and vinegar
– grease a baking tray and place the fish onto it, skin-side up. Brush the skin with some butter and season with a pinch of salt, place under a pre-heated grill for a few minutes until the the fish begins to colour and crisp
– arrange the trout on a plate and spoon the butter on top, sprinkle with chives and serve
eat and of course, enjoy!