Do you have a over abundance of tomatoes? Well, I know quite a few of you do, as I have been getting e-mail after e-mail of readers asking if this is an unusual year. Well, it depends where you live. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are having a record amount of sun, so, we are having a record number of tomatoes and various other vegetables!
Today I am offering you a quick and easy salsa! This bright fresh and cooling salsa is the perfect topping for my grilled trout, however, it is also good on a hot dog or your favorite fish!
Grilled Trout with green tomato salsa
1 lb unripe green tomatoes, hulled and chopped (you may use any tomato you have, however, the flavor will be less tart)
1 T finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 T snipped chives
1 T finely chopped tarragon
1-2 T capers
2 T extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 large lemon, plus more as needed
1/2 tsp sea salt
The fish-see how to buy a fish below
4 whole trout
Fine ssea salt
2 lemons sliced thin
Mix all the salsa ingredients together and season to taste with lemon, salt and pepper.
Prepare a charcoal or gas grill.
Option 1-Oil a cast iron skillet with olive oil. Season the trout inside and out with trout and stuff with slices of lemon. Place the fish in the cast iron skillet and put into hot grill, with lid down. Cook until opaque. Rule of thumb is 10 minutes per inch.
Option 2-Oil the grill grate. Oil the trout skin with olive oil Season inside and out and stuff with lemon slices. Place trout on the grill directly over fire and cover. Cook until opaque. Rule of thumb is 10 minutes per inch.
Place the trout on a plate and spoon the salsa over. Garnish with Parsley.
How to buy fresh fish-
1. Go to a reputable fish monger
2. Look for firm shiny flesh, when tuched it should bounce back.
3. Eyes should be clear as pictured below
4. Sniff the fish, it should not smell fishy
5. Check the gills, they should be bright pink/red and be wet not slimy or dry.
Summer is officially winding down, can you believe it? Can you guys believe Labor Day is this weekend? I know we still have a few weeks of summer left, but for some reason, Labor Dayalways feels like a symbol of the end of summer. I hope you enjoy this holiday weekend whatever your plans are!