1 LB Fresh Cleaned and Filleted Striper
2 Cedar Planks, Untreated and Soaked in Water for 20 minutes
cracked black pepper
Clean and skin the fish
rinse well and lay on top of a clean, and well soaked ceadar plank. we needed two for the sizze of our fish, so have extra in case you get really lucky while out fishing.
slice the lemon in half and squeeze one half over each planked fillet. snip sprigs from your sage, thyme, and rosemary plants (or use store bought, dried if you REALLY must) and lay them over the fish...lightly grind pepper on top.
have the grill at high heat and place fish topped planks on the grill. close the lid and check often. as the fish get more done (opaque) pour water or wine on the grill and shut lid to steam the fish through. this whole process took 15-20 minutes for a 4 pound fish. adjust accordingly, fish needs to be closely watched.
when complete, place planks on a baking tray and serve by placing on the table. everyone loved digging in!
(recommended: fresh garden salad and roasted potatoes)
What a busy Week! an old employer asked me to come in and cut for a big 'Meat Sale' that they have yearly, so after my desk job days this week. I geared up and went to work in the butcher shop again. It was so refreshing to move around some more and to see all the friendly faces I hadn't been around in so long. But boy! did i forget how tiring it can be.
So when friday rolled around, and my father wanted to go on a midnight fishing trip for Stripers, I sadly declined. I love fishing and I love going out with my father and husband, but quite frankly, at that point, i loved sleep a whole heck of a lot more. So much in fact, that when my husband gave me a kiss and headed out the door, I didn't make it 5 minutes before falling asleep with my mouth open on the couch.
The next thing i know I feel a drip on my face and open my eyes to something slimy hitting me in the face. i woke up, screamed and then promptly hugged my husband. the fish was a beautiful 4 Lb Striped Bass. Great Catch! annnnddd he brought it home for dinner, wonderful. while i was happy, his inquiry of if i was going to gut and clean it then was met with an eye roll as i shuffled off to bed. I've got know problem cleaning a catch, but 3am is NOT the time I usually have in mind.
the NEXT day, when i was well rested, i was happy to cook up and sit down to this beautiful meal with my family. from venison tenderloin to fresh eggs to fish caught the night before, there is nothing like newly harvested food that you worked for yourself. this recipe is not to complicated, but with ingredients this good, you really dont need much
While I love Striper, Trout is by far my favorite. What is your favorite fish to catch and cook?
Samantha Lee Gornowicz