bought a couple of farm raised trout at the grocery-fried them as usual--they were not worth eating,threw them out...maybe i'm wrong.but wild trout out of cold water is about as good as fish can get,they taste 100X better than farm raised trout .Fish caught in the park make for great eating,you'd think if you eat one trout you'd pretty much tasted them all,but I don't think that's the case here,is it...enviroment?no commercial feed?clean,not mud bottomed pond water?.....
Lauxier--A wild trout of seven inches or slightly larger, freshly caught and properly kitted out in a cornmeal dinner jacket, is a culinary thing of joy forever; something to bring tears of pure joy to a mountain gourmet. It's also heartening to know, as one eats fish, that keeping a limit in most Park waters actually does the fish a favor. Most Park streams are overpopulated, thanks in part to a rather meager food base.
As for those hatchery-raised fish, they are culinary abominations. Most of all, I'm just relieved to find someone else of what my late mother referred to as the "release to grease" persuasion.
Specs are my favorite trout:biggrin: Nothing fancy, just lightly breaded and cooked to a crisp.
Jim...you are a man after my own heart. My grandfather and uncle fished the Park waters and always brought home what they caught. Have many fond memories of my grandmother placing a platter of those sweet fish on the table to be enjoyed. Once I got old enough to join in the fun I too practiced this time honored tradition of catch and release. I can now only make one or two trips a year to the mountains but while camping there is at least one night when we invite some of the stream locals to dinner. One summer my young son wanted to fish for the stockers in Gburg on our way home from fishing in the Park and he managed to catch a 12in bow which we cleaned along side an 11" wild bow from LR...looking at the fish side by side was amazing...the color of the flesh--pink vs. gray--the color of the organs--clear vs. clouded-- and the ultimate taste test...a wild trout has a natural diet, clean water and the overall environment that produces a superior specimen over those pond creatures raised on "pig pellets".
jim-chef paul purdhomme(sp?) of K Pauls restaurant in new orleans fries the best trout known to me,his recipe:fresh wild trout rolled in equal parts yellow cornmeal,and pecan meal(pecans ground into a meal somewhat like course cornmeal)salt,pepper,then fried in peanut oil in a black cast iron skillet...so good it should be a sin to eat it
my bride just asked me where chef paul got wild trout in new orleans,and just when i had visited new orleans,so as to have eaten at chef pauls restaurant,in order to have so much knowledge about this culinary masterpiece.....this recipe came out of Chef Pauls" Louisiana Cooking" cook book..I have not been to New Orleans,and would never go to New Orleans unless my wonderful wife accompanied me----Whew..
You guys are killing me! You're making me want to put my parka on, go chop a hole through the ice and try to catch a fish dip it in a mixture of corn and pecan meal and fry it up in peanut oil in a cast iron skillet.
All I need is a fresh trout (or crappie would do quite nicely as well) and peacan meal. I have the rest of the stuff just waiting.
There is a restaurant in Blowing Rock that advertises "fresh caught wild rainbow trout" on their nightly menu. I always wonder who the lucky sole is that can catch enough 15" wild trout every day to keep it on the menu :biggrin:. I believe they meant to say fresh wild caught rainbow trout.....
...side note....I ordered it once and didn't think the dish met the expectations its price had set. Must have been a pellet feeder.
There used to be a restaurant between Gburg and Greenbrier that served fried rainbow trout....while you waited for your dinner to be prepared you could go out to several cement ponds outside the restaurant and fish for the next persons trout...all that were caught went to the kitchen to be cooked later....kids loved the place...caught fish and went back inside and ate chicken fingers.
sounds like the old cross eyed cricket restaurant....I believe it was down towards lenoir city or sweetwater.
Originally Posted by Rog 1