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Lemon Rice Stuffed Whitefish

1 Fresh dressed whitefish (3-4 Lb)
1 1/2 ts Salt

1/4 c Butter
3/4 c Chopped celery
1/2 c Chopped onion
1 1/3 c Water
2 tb Grated lemon rind
1 ts Salt
1 ts Paprika
1 ds Thyme
1 1/2 c Instant rice
1/3 c Sour cream
1/4 c Diced peeled lemon
2 tb Melted butter

Sprinkle fish inside out with salt. To prepare stuffing: In skillet melt butter; add celery & onion, saute until tender. Add water, lemon rind, salt, paprika & thyme; bring to boil. Add rice & stir to moisten. Cover & remove from heat. Let stand 5-10 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Add sour cream & lemon; mix lightly. Stuff cavity of fish loosely with dressing; tie securely with string. Place in buttered shallow baking dish & brush with melted butter. Place extra stuffing in baking dish. Bake in 350 for 40-60 minutes. Baste occasionally with butter. Serve extra dressing with fish.