Recipe

Grilled Walleye With Fresh Tomato, Vidalia Onions And Fresh Field Pea Vinaigrette

  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 cup julienne tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 cup julienne Vidalia onions
  • 1 cup fresh field peas, cooked until tender
  • 4 whole Walleye Pikes (3/4 to 1 pound each) scaled and gutted
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • BUTTERMILK AND CHEDDAR HUSHPUPPIES:
  • 1 1/2 cups white cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Crystal hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced onions
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Creole seasoning

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk 1 cup of olive oil, mustard and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the vinaigrette with the tarragon, tomatoes, onions and peas. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  • Preheat the grill.
  • Season the fish with the oil, salt and pepper. Place the fish on the grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill.
  • To serve, place the vegetable in a mound in the center of each plate. Place the fish on top of the vegetables. Spoon some of the vinaigrette over each fish. Garnish with parsley and hushpuppies.
  • BUTTERMILK AND CHEDDAR HUSHPUPPIES: Preheat the fryer.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, hot sauce, onions and cheese. Mix together. Stir in the eggs, buttermilk, and water. Mix until fully incorporated. Fry one tablespoon of the batter at a time. Fry the hushpuppies for 2 to3 minutes or until they are golden brown. Stirring constantly will ensure even browning. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper plate. Season with Creole seasoning.
  • Yield: about 1 1/2 dozen