Thursday, August 21, 2008


We planted tomatoes this spring and our crop is finally producing mass quantities…we can barely keep up. And, we should have some tomatillos in the next month…perfect for making my Posole. With our recent harvest, I made some good use of my tomatoes. First off I made some Pico de Gallo which I could eat right out of the bowl. For dinner last night, we had Roasted Trout. Summer may not be my favorite season, but it’s my favorite time of year for produce.

Pico de Gallo

1 pound plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
6 tablespoons (packed) chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chilies
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Combine all ingredients in medium bowl; toss to blend well. Drizzle olive oil to taste to add richness. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand at least 30 minutes for flavors to develop.

Roasted Trout with Tomatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms and Ginger

Nonstick cooking spray
2 whole rainbow trout (about 12 ounces each), cleaned, boned, butterflied

2 green onions, chopped
2 large fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 teaspoons Ponzu
2 teaspoons dark roasted sesame oil
Fresh cilantro sprigs

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with foil; coat with nonstick spray. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Open fish like a book and arrange, skin side down, on prepared baking sheet.

Mix next 5 ingredients in bowl. Sprinkle mixture over fish, drizzle with the Ponzu and sesame oil, then top with cilantro sprigs. Bake uncovered until fish is opaque in center, about 20 minutes.


Sornie said...

I might have to come up with something creative like this because our tomato crop is about a week away.

Joe said...

That pico de gallo looks amazing. I may just have to make some this weekend...but there's no way I'm making trout.

Marc said...

Pico de gallo - yum!! I, too, have been harvesting tomatoes...I have 15 in the house, with 3 ready to eat and 12 ripening. I was preparing to blog about it and extol the virtues of tomato/basil/mozzarella salad with balsamic vinaigrette, pico, and bruschetta. And I still have more tomatoes on the vine...but I suspect with the recent cooldown in temps that my tomato harvest is about done, and many won't ever ripen....time for fried green tomatoes and green tomato pie. :)

buffalodickdy said...

Look at choo! You are in awakening mode with your cooking! I think that is great, and it may be time to explore the possibilities...

garbonzo said...

I LOVE fresh pico de gallo. Too bad our tomatoes have yet to come in!!! we may never get any this summer!

deb said...

you forgot to call me & invite me dinner. HOW RUDE!

Looks delightful really. Do you want to plan a potluck with me for October?? I mean it. ;)

Hugs to you this Friday.

Michelle Ann said...

Sornie-I am having a carnitas dinner party so I can use up the tomatoes and chilies. I'm so greedy...I don't want to give them away. I want to eat them all.

Joe-I take it that your profile picture was taken after someone told you that trout was for

Marc-I am picking up some fresh mozz on the way home. I could live on Caprese everyday!!

Buffalo-Summer inspires me. Longer days allow me to have more elaborate dinners.

Garbanzo-my family lives in Milwaukie, OR and they complain every year about the lack of ripe tomatoes. As transplanted Californians, they suffer so. Ha ha. I would LOVE to live in Portland!

Deb-We usually eat at 8:30... :)
And yes, yes, yes on an October Potluck. You tell me when and what's on the menu.

VE said...

Do you deliver?

The Nemesing One said...

D@mnit woman. I was just about to go to sleep when I stumbled upon your blog. Now I'm hungry. No chips or salsa in the house. I'm going to have to settle for soda crackers and ketchup. Ah screw it, I'm heading to the store. Cool blog BTW.

Carrie™ said...

Although I don't eat fish anymore, I must say, that sounds quite tasty indeed!
I love the story in your post below this one. I was howling!

TavoLini said...

oh wow--yeah, I'm cuckoo for summer tomatoes! Your pico looks EXCELLENT!

pinknest said...

mmm how delicious! is that like a TON of pico de gallo in that bowl or is it just my perception? you can never have enough anyway. i'm so jealous you grow tomatillos!!

Sophie said...

Looks so tasty, I've always loved how colorful this is!

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