Baked Trout with Orange Zest
by Wayne Phillips
Orange zest brings out the sweet flavor of baked rainbow trout.
Ingredients for four servings
Either four small trout or two larger trout

Zest from two to three oranges plus their slices

2 Tbsp. butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure
Clean the trout. Wash the body cavities and pat them dry with paper toweling. Season the cavities with salt and pepper. Slice the oranges thinly. Place half the zest and half the orange slices in the trout cavities. Sprinkle the remainder of the zest on top of the trout. Butter a baking dish and arrange the orange slices on the bottom to provide a bed for the trout. Bake in a 400-degree oven until the trout flesh is opaque.

Serve
Serve this dish with steamed rice or mashed potatoes, and asparagus or sugar snap peas.

Hints
Remove the zest from the oranges with a box grater, orange zester, microplane or potato peeler. Finely mince the zest. When removing the zest, avoid taking any of the white pith, because it is bitter. Remove the orange slices from the trout cavities before serving. Provide some orange wedges to squeeze on top of the fish. Leave some of the orange zest in larger pieces to garnish the tops of the baked trout..

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