Friday, July 20, 2007

FRIDAY NIGHT FISH FEAST ~ NASTURTIUMS FILLED with GUACAMOLE / GRILLED BASIL STUFFED RAINBOW TROUT with CARAMELIZED ONIONS / NASTURTIUM SALAD

GARDNER'S NOTE: The custom of eating these brightly colored annual herbs originates from the Orient. Originally found in Peru, their common name, Indian Cress, refers to both their place of origin and their pungent peppery fragrance and taste. A favorite herb of Louis XIV of France and Thomas Jefferson.
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~ Nasturtium
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NASTURTIUMS FILLED with GUACAMOLE
~ Delicious recipe from FLOWERS in the KITCHEN (A Bouquet of Tasty Recipes)
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1 large Hass avocado
2 tsp. lime juice
1 small finely chopped ripe tomato
2 Tbsp finely minced onion
1 finely minced jalapeno or serrano chili
1 finely minced garlic clove
coarse salt
About 20 nasturtium blossoms
1 small jicama
lime juice
  • Peel avocado and remove pit. Mash in bowl with a fork and add 2 tsp. lime juice. Blend in tomato, onion, chili, and garlic. Add salt to taste. Let guacamole stand, covered, while preparing nasturtiums and jicama.
  • Rinse nasturtiums careful and pat dr. Peel jicama and slice about 1/4-inch thick. Leaving rounded edges, cut slices into 2 x 2-inch pieces or large enough to accommodate nasturtium filled with guacamole. Squeeze a little lime juice over jicama slices.
  • At this point, can be kept a few hours in refrigerator. To assemble, hold nasturtiums at base and using teaspoon, fill carefully with guacamole. Set filled nasturtium on slice of jicama and arrange on serving platter. Can be kept very briefly in refrigerator or served immediately. (About 20 appetizers)

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GRILLED BASIL STUFFED RAINBOW TROUT

over CARAMELIZED ONIONS

"A man taking basil from a woman will love her always."

Sir Thomas More

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4 large boned or boneless trout

1 pound thinly sliced red onions

4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

pinch sugar

Lawry's Seasoned Pepper

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp. sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

8 large sweet basil leaves

1 Tbsp. chopped chives

4 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter

sea salt & cracked pepper to taste

  • Preheat grill.
  • Heat olive oil in large pan. Add onions, pinch of sugar and saute until golden, about 20 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and cooked until reduced, about 2 minutes. Season with Lawry's Seasoned pepper, salt & cracked pepper.
  • Brush trout inside and out with melted butter. Season with salt & pepper. Place 2 basil leaves and chopped chives inside each fish cavity.
  • Grill trout over hot coats until browned, about 4 minutes on each side.
  • Serve over bed of caramelized onions.

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NASTURTIUM SALAD

~ Recipe adapted from Good Enough to EAT (Growing and Cooking Edible Flowers)

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6 Nasturtium flowers, petals only

6 young nasturtium leaves

2 Tbsp. finely diced red onions

4 healthy handfuls assorted greens

5 whole nasturtium flowers

FRENCH DRESSING:

1 Tbsp white wine vinegar

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 crushed cove garlic

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

  • Mix nasturtium petals, leaves, onion and greens in serving bowl.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients thoroughly together.
  • Pour over salad and toss. Garnish with whole nasturtium flower.

2 comments:

rachelle said...

yummy. i love nasturtiums. both to eat and grow and they are just so pretty and easy. they attracted bugs away from my tomato plants last year as well as my dog.

joey said...

Nasturtiums are a must in my garden, versatile and beautiful, if only as a garnish for a humble meal. As a avid cook and gardener, I believe since everyone must eat to survive, every gardener has room for herbs and edible flowers to enhance the simplist supper. Wish I could grow tomatoes but ravenous creatures devour them before I can even hope for a taste. Each year I plant a border of parsley to distract rabbits and other critters, hoping they'll become 'soporific' before 'mowing down' their favorites. Loved your 'Pookie' post, Rachelle. Thanks for popping in.