Rainbow Trout with Black-eyed Peas and Country Ham

Total Time:
2 hr 25 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 fillets rainbow trout
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 ounces country ham, cut into thin strips
Directions

In a shallow dish, coat the trout with the cornmeal. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter begins to melt, place the trout, skin-side down, and cook over medium heat until the skin turns brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Gently turn the trout over and continue to cook another 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Reserve the pan juices.

Melt the remaining butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the carrot and onion and cook until the onion is just translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the celery, black-eyed peas, bay leaf, and thyme. Cook for 5 more minutes. Add just enough water to cover the mixture and lower the heat. Cook until the black-eyed peas are tender, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Add the strips of country ham. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Remove thyme sprigs. Place the warm black-eyed peas in the center of a plate. Arrange the trout on top. Drizzle with the pan juices.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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