Pan Seared Trout on Bacon Green Beans with Chive Buttered Gnocchi
- 2 6 oz. Filets of Trout skin on.
- Couple of Big Handfuls of Green Beans pointy end-bits chopped off.
- 5 or 6 Slices of Good Quality Bacon chopped.
- 2 Shallots peeled & thinly sliced.
- 1/4 C Toasted Almonds roughly chopped.
- 1 Preserved Lemon Wedge sub zest and juice of one lemon if necessary.
- 1 Batch of Basic Gnocchi*
- Small Handful of Chives chopped.
- Couple of Tbsps of Butter.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
- Coarse Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.
- Pat the fish dry of excess moisture with a towel and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Bring 2 pots (one larger, one smaller) of salted water to a boil over high heat.
- Once the smaller one is at a rolling boil, throw the beans in. Boil for 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are a bright green and a fork pierces them without too much effort, yet still hold their integrity. Drop into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and keep the bright green color. Once cooled, remove from the water and set aside.
- Meanwhile, as the water heats, place a pan on a third burner over medium heat. Once it's hot, add the bacon. Fry until cooked through and crispy, stirring often. Remove from the pan and discard of all but a couple Tbsp of the grease. Return to the heat and toss the shallots and lemon into greasy pan and allow to soften. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add a dollop of butter. Once that's really sizzling, place the fish skin side down in the pan and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes or until skin is good and crispy. Flip, and cook a further 3 minutes or until fish is flaky and cooked through.
- Remove the fish from the pan, set aside. Throw the green beans, shallot/lemon mixture, almonds and bacon into same pan and heat through.
- As you heat the beans, etc., gently add the gnocchi to the larger pot. Boil until the little guys float to the top (should only take a minute or so) and immediately remove them from the water with a slotted spoon onto a plate. Once all the gnocchi have been boiled, dump out the water, rinse pot well and dry. Place back on the stove over medium-high heat with 2 Tbsp of butter. When the butter is melted and sizzling, gently toss in the boiled gnocchi, stirring often, until the little guys have a bit of color on both sides. Add to the veggie mixture.
- Place a couple of big scoops of the veggie/gnocchi concoction on a plate and top with cooked fish.