Dinner Creole Style

From Emeril:

Trout Amandine with Creole Meuniere Sauce

  • 6 (6 to 8-ounce) Gulf speckled trout fillets, skinned
  • Creole seasoning*
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 whole lemons, skin and pith removed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 pound cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions

Season the fillets with creole seasoning.  Place the fillets in a glass bowl and cover with the milk.  Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.  Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and drain.  Season the flour with creole seasoning.  Dredge the fillets in the seasoned flour, coating the fillets completely. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and the olive oil together.  When the oil is hot, pan-fry the fillets for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until the fillets are golden.  Remove the fillets from the pan and drain on a paper-lined plate.  Season the fillets with more creole seasoning.  Set the fish aside. Pour the oil from the skillet, leaving the browned bits in the pan. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, lemons and bay leaves.  Bring the mixture to a simmer and simmer until it reduces by 2/3, about 4 minutes. Remove the lemon pith.  Whisk the cold butter cubes into the sauce, a cube at a time, until all the butter is incorporated. The sauce should be thick and coat the back of a spoon.  Stir in the almond slices. To serve, one fillet in the center of each plate.  Spoon the sauce over the fish and garnish with parsley and green onions.
Yield:  6 servings

*of course the recommended creole seasoning here is Emeril’s Essence.

I’m not sure where we’re going to be eating dinner most nights, but for sure I’m going to have trout one night.  This dish is offered at several fine restaurants in the French Quarter.  It’s sounds yummy.

Lunch

My lunch today was surprisingly good.  I wasn’t expecting much, because I just threw together what I needed to use up last night.  I browned some ground beef, added Cajun spice and chili powder, a bit of garlic, salt and pepper.  Mixed in brown rice, fresh salsa and to top it off, some finely shredded cheddar.  Packaged it all up and popped it into the microwave a few minutes ago.  Yummy.  Always nice when you throw something together and it’s tasty.

A friend and I are planning a trip to New Orleans in October, so I’ve spent the past few days immersed in NOLA information.  This may mean the Thursday Night Menu maybe Cajun inspired.  We’ll see.

I also have a request for a night of Tapas.  I’m working on that right now.  Picking out a few items, we’ll recipe test them soon and then they will show up as a Thursday Night Menu.

See, we take requests here…keep that in mind.  Until then…