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Food for Thought: Pan Seared Trout Topped with Maple Pear Slaw over Chickpea Cakes

By Courtesy of Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, QC)


Pan Seared Trout Topped with Maple Pear Slaw over Chickpea Cakes

There’s nothing quite like a platter of delicious fish to evoke feelings of summertime. The Canadian History Museum makes the meal even more memorable by pairing trout with chickpea cakes and house-made maple pear slaw.

Chickpea Cakes
2 tsp. canola oil

1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. dried basil

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 egg white

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
Pinch of salt

To prepare:

1. In nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook onion, garlic, oregano, and basil until softened.

2. In bowl, mash chickpeas with potato masher until smooth.
3. Scrape onion mixture into bowl and stir to combine.
4. Add egg white and parsley, and stir until well combined and smooth.
5. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions and form into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick patties.
6. Place patties on parchment paper–lined baking sheet and bake at 425° F for about 20 minutes until golden, turning once halfway through.

Maple Pear Slaw


4 green pears, peeled and julienned
2 stalks celery, ribs removed

2 oz. red onion, thinly julienned

1⁄4 cup maple syrup

1⁄2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
1⁄2 bunch green onion, thinly sliced
1⁄2 Tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

To prepare:
1. Whisk together maple syrup, dijon mustard, and lemon juice.
2. Core and thinly julienne pears, and toss with vinaigrette mixture.
3. Julienne ribless celery, red onion, and green onion to the same thickness as the pears. Add to pear mixture, and season with salt and pepper.

To prepare trout:
1. Rub 4 fillets with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
2. Let marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes.
3. Warm up heavy skillet on high heat.
4. Pat dry fillets with paper towel.
5. Add two pieces at a time, skin side down.
6. Cook 2-3 minutes until skin is crispy.
7. Place over chickpea cakes and
top with maple pear slaw.

Makes 4 servings 

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Gatineau, QC
(819) 776.7012