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Riverside recipes created by chefs who joined Colin.

These are cooked over an open fire. Download the recipe for print and cook to enjoy!

Turkish lamb kebab with tomato chutney and Israeli couscous

Turkish Lamb Kebabs cooking riverside
Lamb Kabobs on the Big Wood River in Ketchum, Idaho
Scott Mason grilling riverside
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Turkish Lamb Kebab

with Tomato Chutney & Israeli Couscous
Recipe from Scott Mason of the Ketchum Grill, Idaho

Serves 8

Ingredients for Lamb Kebabs:

5 lbs ground lamb
1/2 bunch chopped fresh mint
3 shallots, diced
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 tbsp chopped garlic
3 tbsp cinnamon, ground

1/2 tblsp clove, ground
1/2 tbsp fenugreek

Mix all together. Shape onto skewers and grill. Serve with flat bread, bib lettuce,
couscous, chutney and yogurt!

Blackberry Compound Butter – river side steak by chef Donicio Gomez

On our fishing trip on the Logan River chef and avid angler Donicio Gomez introduced these two recipes to our riverside lunch. He seasoned our steak with this great spice mix before searing the meat and lathered his delicious compound butter over the top once steaks were cooked.

To prepare the compound butter start by placing the butter on your kitchen counter the night before preparation to allow it to soften. Shallots should be chopped fine as well as the thyme. Combine all ingredients (full recipe below) in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with a fork. You may prefer more acid or more sweetness. Adjust the amount of balsamic vinegar and honey accordingly. Taste after mixing.

To season the meat simply mix all ingredients that are listed below then cover the steaks with the mixture.

Blackberry compount butter
Blackberry compount butter

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Blackened Seasoning

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Cornbread Crusted Chicken Pot Pie

This is one of the most satisfying open fire meals I can think of. Chicken pot pie is a complete campfire dish with vegetables, protein, starch and dairy.

All you need besides a plan and ingredients is a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven, with a lid and a spoon.

On this trip we brought a wooden spoon, which split in half as I opened the skillet that has a tendency to seal lid to base while cooking. But as you will see if you watch the video, it all worked out.

Colin serving cornbread crusted chicken pot pie by the Teton river
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Beaverkill Hatchery Rainbow Trout Recipe with Roasted Grape Relish

Adapted from a recipe by Galen Sampson, Chef and G.M. at the Beaverkill Valley Inn that he demonstrated over fire at the BVI.

For this Recipe we are using a beautiful Rainbow Trout from the Beaverkill Hatchery

Galen Sampson has settled into a comfortable life with his wife on the edge of the Upper Beaverkill River in the Catskill mountains. As the Chef and General manager of the Beaverkill Valley Inn, Galen works hard to create new and interesting dishes and experiences of all kinds for his guests. Chef Sampson’s recipe is a good example of how he responds to expectations that an Inn on a famous trout stream should serve trout, without pulling fish from the Inn’s private stretch of river. This is a highly prized trout fishing paradise that requires all guests to agree to catch and release practices prior to stepping into the special mile of river.

In 1963, about 5 miles up river from the Beaverkill Valley Inn, the Shaver family transitioned a dairy farm into a trout hatchery. As today’s hatchery manager, Sherry Shaver explained that her Great Grandfather wanted to try something new, so he dug a series of pools paralleling the river and fed the river water into the pools. The pools are like steps, gradually following the downhill slope on the edge of a dirt road across the street from an old dairy barn. Since that time the Shaver family has developed an expertise in raising trout from years of passed down experience and a lifetime invested in Catskill mountain living. Sherry tells stories of bears that have broken irrigation pipes and visitors who have learned to trout fish on their casting pond. She also explained to us how several times a year the trout or fry are moved from troughs inside near the incubators to outside locations as they grow and develop.

During our visit, Sherry showed us how the trout progress from inside in incubation rooms to tanks, then pools and finally to the counting pen where they are removed by nets into containers. The Shaver family crew then removes the trout by hand, examines them and sort them for delivery. The Beaverkill Trout Hatchery has several free flowing pools that contain trout from 10 inches to 28 inches, all are separated by species (browns, rainbows & golden) and size. This allows them to fill orders from trout clubs, municipalities and chefs in the Northeast. While we were there, we watched as they curated a delivery of 400 trout of mostly 12 inches, some up to 24 inches and 3 goldens of 26 inches for a town fishing derby on a river in New Jersey.

Chef Sampson, from the Beaverkill Valley Inn has been a regular customer of Sherry’s since he arrived at the BVI 3 years ago. He reports that their arrangement is very similar to other, more traditional vegetable farmers that he sources from in the Catskills. Orders are specific to the need. With the Beaverkill Trout hatchery, this generally calls for 12 inch rainbows filleted but for a special occasion he will buy larger fish, almost always rainbow as he prefers their brighter, sweet flavor compared to browns which often feed lower in the pools and have a muddier flavor.

As he approached preparations for this dish, the chef roasted potatoes and grapes in advance (on separate sheet pans) for about 20 minutes in a 375°F oven. Both were tossed with a splash of oil, salt & pepper. The shitake mushrooms were stemmed, sliced and sauteed with leeks & butter, then placed in a container to cool. Shallots for the grape relish were sliced and sauteed then combined with the roasted grapes before chilling in a sealable container. All of the prep was chilled and sealed for transportation to the fire site.

When he had his fire just right all that was needed was a cast iron skillet. All of his ingredients were ready to place in the hot pan. Once the well seasoned skillet had been brought to high heat he simply placed the trout skin side down in the pan, then placed the pre-cooked mushrooms & leeks on one side, the pre roasted, sliced potatoes on the other and after about 2 minutes he flipped the trout to finish. The grape relish was added to the pan and it released some of its moisture. After the fish was plated, the warm grapes were placed on top.

Beaverkill Trout Hatchery rainbow with roasted tri-color potatoes andgrape relish
At the Beaverkill Trout Farm with owner Sherry Shaver, Chef Galen Sampson & the dog Jess
Beaverkill trout hatchery rainbow
Mis en place
Grape relish prep
Tri-color potatoes
Rainbow trout over open fire
Galen Sampson chef and GM at the BVI
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Hatchery Steelhead with Smashed Potatoes and Wild Greens

We’re on the Eel River: Benbow, California

Adapted from a recipe demonstrated by Joshua Schwartz: Executive Chef Del Dotto Vineyards

Josh Schwartz has an eye for all tasty things in the wild. When invited to spend a day fishing and cooking with our American Rivers Tour crew, he was quick to suggest we start by foraging for watercress and other wild greens that sprout around the cool, clear creeks which run into Humboldt County’s Eel River. He reminded me that any wild fish we catch should be returned to the resource. Hatchery steelhead are available in Northern California so our recipe will help tell that story.

This recipe comes from Josh’s imagination. He stopped at a friends hatchery on the way up to Benbow, and took time to craft the vinaigrette and cultured cream in his kitchen before packing his drift boat and setting out from the Del Dotto Vineyard in Napa Valley where he is the executive chef. Then, just before launching the drift boat we stopped to forage tender, delicious succulents.

If you take a minute to watch our video, you’ll see that the skin of the steelhead is left on and lightly scored. He places the steelhead’s skin down on a hot, lightly greased surface and tops the filets with a stone to hold the skin tight to the cast iron skillet.

Hatchery Steelhead lunch | By the Eel River in Benbow, California
Searing the steelhead skin side down
Joshua Schwartz, Executive chef at Del Dotto
Wild Fennel found along the eel river in California
Our finished Steelhead dish, cooked aside the eel river in California
Hatchery Steelhead with smashed potato, wild greens
American Rivers Tour | Cutting Board in action
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