There are some day's when I get completely frustrated that there isn't decent grocery store in the town where I live. Don't get me wrong, our house isn't totally in the middle of nowhere - we do have a Wal Mart I go there for emergencies and some staples but I have to travel quite a bit further for specialty foods.
Ben and I made a trip to Athens a few weekends ago and I took full advantage and did some grocery shopping at Fresh Market while we were there. (I have mad love for Fresh Market.) Ben wasn't quite as excited as I was about the grocery shopping trip as I was, but he came along anyway.
While I was there, I browsed past the seafood counter and I spotted fresh rainbow trout! Fresh fish in this land locked city is a rare find so I snatched up 3 filets. I brought my fish home and hit the internet for some much needed inspiration on how to best cook my prized fish. I settled on a Rachel Ray recipe called cracker and parmesan crusted fish.
Cracker and Parmesan Crusted Trout
1 cup oyster crackers
1/3 cup Ritz crackers (a generous handful)
3/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic (optional)
Flour, for coating
2 large eggs, beaten
Splash heavy cream or half-and-half
Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), for frying
4 sole or tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
Salt and pepper
Lemon wedges, for serving
Using a food processor, grind the oyster crackers, Ritz crackers, cheese, parsley, chives, thyme, Old Bay seasoning and garlic powder.
Drain on paper towels. Transfer each batch to the oven to keep warm.
Did you happen to notice the macaroni and cheese on the plate next to my fabulously golden brown fish? Just a heads up - the recipe is going to be featured on tomorrow's blog. Don't miss it.
By the way, every time that I get frustrated by the long commute to the grocery store, I take in the scenery that surrounds our house and I'm reminded of why we live here.
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