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Bacon-Wrapped Trout Stuffed with Balsamic Onion Compote i

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  • 3/4 c Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 c Water
  • 2 lg Onions; sliced thin (about 4 cups)
  • 1/3 c Sugar
  • 4 ts Chopped fresh rosemary leaves plus 12 sprigs
  • 2 c Low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 c Heavy cream
  • Six; (10-ounce) trout, cleaned, leaving heads and tails intact
  • 24 sl Bacon; (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tb Olive oil


In a heavy saucepan boil vinegar, water, onions, sugar, and 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary, stirring occasionally, 7 minutes, or until onions are slightly softened. Remove pan from heat and let stand 15 minutes. In a coarse sieve set over another saucepan drain onions, reserving cooking liquid. Transfer onion compote to a bowl and cool.
Boil reserved cooking liquid with remaining 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary until reduced to about 3/4 cup. Add broth and boil liquid until reduced to about 1 1/2 cups. Stir in cream and boil sauce until reduced to about 2 cups. Reserve sauce in pan.
Preheat oven to 450F. and lightly oil a large shallow baking pan.
Rinse trout under cold water and pat dry inside and out. Fill cavity of each trout with onion compote and season with salt and pepper. Wrap 4 slices bacon around middle of each trout, overlapping them slightly and leaving head and tail exposed.
In a 12-inch heavy skillet heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and brown trout, 2 at a time, until bacon is completely browned, about 5 minutes, pouring off excess fat between batches and transferring trout as browned with a long spatula to oiled pan. Top each trout with 2 rosemary sprigs and bake in middle of oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
Pour off remaining fat from skillet and deglaze skillet with reserved sauce over moderate heat, scraping up any brown bits. Strain sauce through a fine sieve into saucepan. Season sauce with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Divide sauce among 6 plates and top with trout.
Serves 6.
Gourmet March 1995
Converted by MC_Buster.
Per serving: 2244 Calories (kcal); 182g Total Fat; (68% calories from fat); 76g Protein; 108g Carbohydrate; 455mg Cholesterol; 2614mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 8 1/2 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Fruit; 31 Fat; 4 1/2 Other Carbohydrates
Converted by MM_Buster v2.0n.