Whitefish is especially delicious when caught fresh from under the ice. And this tasty dish, in particular, is sure to become a wintertime favourite. Other oily fish, such as lake trout and mackerel, also work well with this recipe.
4 slices bacon, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups mushrooms, diced
2 tbsp butter
4 cups brown bread, cubed
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried)
1/2 cup chicken stock (or white wine)
1 tbsp lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
1 2- to 3-pound whitefish, gutted and scaled
Preheat oven to 350°F. Sauté bacon, onion, garlic and mushrooms in butter in a skillet over medium heat until vegetables soften. Allow to cool.
Place sautéed mixture in a bowl and add bread cubes, thyme, stock, lemon zest and juice. Combine well.
Pack mixture into whitefish cavity. Place stuffed fish (and any remaining filling) in a greased roasting pan.
Bake in oven for about 10 minutes per inch of thickness of the fish, or until flesh is opaque.
Serve fish on a large platter with stuffing arranged around it. Baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli make excellent sides.
For the glass
Rieslings and Chardonnays, as well as German-style winter beers, go well with this tasty fish dish.