We think grilling over an open fire is really the best way to cook trout. For this recipe, we leave the catching and cleaning part to the pros by buying ready-to-cook boneless, butterflied fish. We stuff it with herbs and lemon, wrap it with a little bacon, and put it over the fire. Now that’s haute grub!
What to buy: Boneless, butterflied trout are available in many grocery stores.
Special equipment: A grilling basket makes grilling whole stuffed fish much easier. We really like this model, which has flexible wires that hold food snugly.
Game plan: Wash the herbs and slice the lemons the day before you go camping for much quicker fireside prep.
The fish can also be cooked on an outdoor grill over high heat (500°F) until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork, about 5 minutes. You can also make this dish indoors by preparing the fish as directed and placing it on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet under a heated broiler. Cook for 5 minutes or until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
Beverage pairing: Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages, France. Smoky bacon and open-fire grilling push this dish toward a red wine, but a very light one. This Louis Jadot has a nice firmness as well as classic tart cherry flavors and a little earthiness. Chill a bit before serving.