Monty

Trout with Lemon Dill Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of butter (divided)
  • ½ cup of white flour for dredging
  • 1 lb trout fillets
  • salt & pepper as you like it
  • 1 lemon, cut half into wedges and keep the other for zesting and squeezing
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (scallions will do in a pinch)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • white wine

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Pat fish fillets dry & salt and pepper the fish.
  3. Put about a ½ cup of flour in a shallow bowl or plate
  4. Heat your pan on medium-high, then add the oil and 1 tablespoon of butter, swirl to coat
  5. Dredge your fish fillets in the flour, tap off any excess, then add to the hot pan
  6. Sauté 3 minutes per side, flip and repeat, add salt and pepper as you see fit
  7. Pile your cooked fillets on a plate and transfer to the oven to stay warm
  8. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan, sprinkle in some leftover flour, and heat on low, slowly adding a splash of wine to thin, stir, splash, repeat.
  9. Add fresh dill and chives and whisk as it heats through.
  10. Add honey, and zest half a lemon over the sauce, squeeze in half of it and keep stirring so that it thickens and reduces to a nice saucy texture
  11. Plate your fish, top with the sauce, squeeze with a lemon.

From Sea Forager.

Monty

Salsa Macha

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dried chiles (one or more of the following: arbol, chiltepin,pequin, serrano seco, chipotle, morita, puya, guajillo, ancho, mulato, pasilla — depending on the flavors and spiciness you want to go for)
  • 1 1/2ounces (1/3 cup) nuts (one or more of the following: almonds, peanuts, pecan pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (apple cider vinegar works well here)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs (one or more of the following: Mexican oregano, marjoram, or thyme)

Instructions

  1. Stem the chiles, then break or cut them open and scrape/brush/let fall out most of the seeds; cut into 1/4-inch pieces – you will have about 1 cup. (Simply use chiltepin or pequin whole.)
  2. In a large (4-quart) saucepan, combine the nuts, sesame seeds, garlic and oil. Set over medium-high heat and cook until garlic and sesame seeds are golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chiles. Let cool 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the vinegar with the salt until the salt dissolves, then add it to the pan along with the herbs. When the mixture has cooled to room temperature, pour it into a blender or food processor and pulse until everything is chopped into small pieces. Run the processor for a few seconds until everything is finely chopped—but not pureed. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use.

From Rick Bayless.

Monty

Crab & Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 large leek
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 12 ounces red thin-skinned potatoes scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 8 ounces Dungeness crab meat, cooked and shelled

Instructions

  1. In a 4- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon, chopped, until fat starts to render.
  2. Add white part of leek, halved, rinsed, and thinly sliced; stir until limp.
  3. Add wine and boil until almost evaporated.
  4. Add chicken stock, water, corn, potatoes, and salt.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender when pierced, about 10 minutes.
  6. Stir whipping cream into chowder.
  7. Add Dungeness crab; cover and cook until heated through, stirring as little as possible to keep crab intact.

Serve with cilantro purée.

Adapted from Sunset Magazine.