Teddy Roosevelt’s Western Trout

In addition to being one of the greatest Presidents in history, Teddy Roosevelt was also the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Naval Department, and loved trout with bacon.

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  • Trout
  • Bacon – “overland turkey”
  • Pancake batter
  • 10-hour hike, hunt, or fish

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  1. Clean the trout carefully.
  2. Cook in your fry-pan enough bacon to give you sufficient fat to prevent the fish from burning.
  3. Now dip the fish in pancake batter, lay a couple of pieces of the partly cooked bacon inside the fish, and place it in the pan.
  4. Cook him well, in a very hot pan, being careful not to let him shrivel, which will happen if he lies too long on one side.
  5. If to the above recipe you will add a ten-hour hike, hunt, or fish, you will find it excellent.

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His recipe is labeled, Sauté Trout by Theodore Roosevelt, the Assistant Secretary, U.S. Naval Department.

My personal opinion is that I am an excellent cook in the woods, but I am sorry to say that certain of those who have lived on my cooking do not agree with me. Practically all my cooking has been done in the ubiquitous frying pan, and almost all of it is garnished with what out West we used to call “overland turkey,’ – namely bacon.

I am very fond of trout cooked western style. Clean the trout carefully. Cook in your fry-pan enough bacon to give you sufficient fat to prevent the fish from burning. Now dip the fish in pancake batter, lay a couple of pieces of the partly cooked bacon inside the fish, and place it in the pan. Cook him well, in a very hot pan, being careful not to let him shrivel, which will happen if he lies too long on one side.

If to the above recipe you will add a ten-hour hike, hunt, or fish, you will find it excellent.

This recipe comes from, “Games and Recreational Methods for Clubs, Camps and Scouts, by Charles F. Smith, Instructor in Scouting and Recreational Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University.”

442 Illustrations and Diagrams. Boy Scout Edition; New York. Dodd, Mead and Company, 1935 edition. Copyright 1924.

Photo from: Bain, George Grantham, 1865-1944, photographer. Public Domain.

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