A Summer Fish Bake

This elegant outdoor fish bake is downright delicious and a snap to prepare!

| July/August 1981

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    The fish bake consisted of baked trout,  marinated mushrooms, stuffed tomatoes,and brandied peaches.

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One of the nicest things about summer is the chance to get the family together—between bouts of gardening and putting up produce—for occasional picnics and cookouts. It's easy, however, when planning the menu for an outdoor dinner, to stick (by force of habit) with such familiar favorites as fried chicken, charcoal-broiled steak, deviled eggs, potato salad, and cole slaw. Now as popular as the old standards may be, it's often fun to surprise your relatives and friends with a few unexpected gourmet dishes ... or even with a whole menu of "special" delectables.

When MOTHER EARTH NEWS' staff set off in search of a unique, delicious, and nutritious meal for a summer cookout, we turned to our old friend Deborah Dunn, of the Herb Garden Cafe in our home base of Hendersonville, North Carolina.

And Deborah, with her usual flair, produced a mouthwatering fish bake. It consisted of baked trout, stuffed tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, and brandied peaches. Better still (considering how busy summer can be), it's a meal that—except for the fish, which is tastiest when caught fresh from a mountain stream—can be prepared in advance.

A Recipe Schedule

Start your woodland banquet for four, during the evening prior to the excursion, by mixing 1 pound of sliced fresh mushrooms, 2 teaspoons of tamari (soy sauce), 3 chopped cloves of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, 2 tablespoons of minced fresh parsley, 1/4 cup of water, the juice of 2 lemons, 1/2 cup of olive oil, and 1/2 cup of safflower oil. Let the dish marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day—a few hours prior to the cookout—slice up 6 fresh, ripe peaches and combine them with 1/2 cup of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of brandy. Refrigerate the dessert and let the various flavors mingle until you're ready to serve it.

When chowtime is approximately an hour away, fire up your charcoal grill. Now, wash 6 large tomatoes (to allow seconds for the hungriest diners) and place them in boiling water for 1 minute. Then drain them, drop the fruits into cold water, and carefully remove their skins. With that done, slice each tomato (keep the stem side up) into four wedges, cutting almost to—and not through—the bottom. Spread the sections slightly apart sprinkle the inner surfaces with a bit of salt, cover the tomatoes, and place them in a cooler.


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