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Almond Crusted Walleye

With Pears & Blue Cheese

Make this wonderful dish when pears are in season in the fall, but of course it’s nice during any season. We recommend accompanying almond crusted walleye with a light green salad or blanched, crispy vegetables.


Fish Tip: Because blue cheese is so distinctive, it goes well with mild fish like walleye, but less well with more strongly flavored fish. So, this would also work with perch, bluegills, crappies (up to medium size) and smaller bass, but not so well with 
catfish, drum, white bass, or striper.

Fish Tip: Because blue cheese is so distinctive, it goes well with mild fish like walleye, but less well with more strongly flavored fish. So, this would also work with perch, bluegills, crappies (up to medium size) and smaller bass, but not so well with 
catfish, drum, white bass, or striper.

To serve two . . .

  • 2 walleye fillets, about 1/2 lb. each
  • flour seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 c. sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. minced scallion
  • 1 ripe pear, cut into slices
  • 1/4 c. white wine
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. blue cheese, crumbled

» Dredge the fillets in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess. Dip each fillet in egg and then press each side into the almonds.

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Cook’s Tip: Blue cheeses vary enormously in flavor. For this dish, I like a milder domestic blue, like Maytag or Shepard’s Way Big Woods Blue. When you sauté the fish, the heat should be medium so the almonds don’t get too brown.

» Melt the butter and oil until the foam subsides, then sauté the fillets about 5 or 6 minutes on each side or until tender. Transfer the fillets to a plate and cover to keep warm.

» Drain any excess grease from the pan. Add scallions and the pear slices and cook over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine and cook a few more minutes, then add the cream and season with salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice and taste to adjust seasoning.

» At the last minute, add the crumbled blue cheese and spoon the mixture over each fillet.

 

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