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Whole Trout (Or Fillets) Stuffed W/Bacon & Eggplant Dressing
I made this recipe with salmon as I have bought trout a few times from my local store and it is always so full of bones even after filleting that I don’t really enjoy all the effort of picking the bones out. It worked very well with the salmon and we all loved the topping. I chose to make it as a topping for fillets rather than to stuff a whole fish and I loved the way it turned out. I served ours over asparagus sun-dried tomato and mushrooms drizzled with hollandaise and it was truly delicious meal. If you want to view the recipe please click here.


6 Slices white bread
1 Cup water
6 Ounces bacon (chopped)
1 Cup onion (chopped)
Salt (to taste)
Cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 Medium eggplant (diced)
2 Teaspoons garlic (minced)
1/4 Cup fresh herb (such as parsley, basil, tarragon & chervil, finely chopped)
2 Ounces parmigiano-reggiano cheese (grated)
1 (2-3 lb) Trout (cleaned) Or fillets as stated earlier I used salmon
1 Cup dry white wine
1 Lemon, juice of (may sub lime)
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley (finely chopped)


1. Place bread in lrg glass dish. Pour water over bread & allow to sit for 10 minutes.

2. In a large skillet over med heat, cook bacon till crisp. Remove w/a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels & set aside.

3. Add onion to skillet & cook 2 minutes. Add eggplant, season w/salt & cayenne & cook till wilted (about 4 min). Remove the pan from the heat, turn the mixture into a mixing bowl & cool completely.

4. Remove the bread from the water & squeeze out all the water.

5. Add the bread, bacon & garlic to the eggplant mixture & mix well. Stir in the herb mixture + cheese & set aside.

6. Preheat grill & season trout w/salt & cayenne.

7. Place the trout in the center of a piece of foil. Spoon the dressing into the cavity of the trout. Add the wine & wrap the trout tightly in the foil, forming a pouch.

8. Place the trout on the grill over a low flame & cook 25-30 min or till flaky.

9. Remove from the grill, squeeze lemon or lime juice over the trout & serve on a large platter. Drizzle the entire plate w/extra-virgin olive oil & garnish w/fresh parsley.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

Vaquero Steaks With Pepper Relish and Goat Cheese
This is a great steak recipe it easy to prepare and tastes great, all the flavours go together really well from the spiced rub to the topping. I made it a little different than stated in that I put the relish and goats cheese inside large mushroom caps and then placed them on top of the steaks. I also had a little juice left over from the relish, so added a couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to it and a little beef stock, heated it up and then drizzled that over the steaks as well. If you would like to read more reviews on this recipe or see more photos please click here.



3 Teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons ground paprika
1 1/2 Teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 Teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 Teaspoons black pepper
Salt, to taste
4 Steaks fillet or sirloin steak or your favourite cut


2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 Teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
1 Yellow bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
1/4 Cup green onion, sliced
1/4 Cup goat cheese, crumbled


1. About 30 minutes before grilling, prepare the rub from the steaks and set aside 1/4 teaspoon of the mixture for the pepper relish.

2. Rub the remaining rub into the meat and allow to sit at room temperature.

3. Prepare the relish by whisking together the vinegar, Dijon mustard sugar and reserved rub mixture.

4. Drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly to blend; add the bell peppers and green onions tossing to blend.

5. Preheat the grill to high and grill steaks on both sides until cooked to desired doneness, 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare.

6. Remove the meat from the grill and allow to rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing; slice and serve topped with the relish and sprinkled with the goat cheese.

I put the relish inside mushroom caps which I first cooked on the stove top, placed the relish inside, topped with goats cheese and I then placed it back under the grill for a few Min’s to melt the cheese.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.