Velvet Smoked Trout
This can be stuffed into any cooked vegetable, served with crudités, spread on crostini or tucked into fully baked miniature tart shells.
This makes enough to fill:
6 cucumber boats made from 5-ounce Kirby cucumbers
Shells made from three 7-ounce or four 6-ounce tomatoes
5 halves of 8-ounce Hass avocados
4 cooked boats made from 5-ounce zucchini
Total Timeunder 4 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party
Recipe Courseappetizer, hors d'oeuvre, tapas/small plates
Dietary Considerationappetizer, hors d'oeuvre, tapas/small plates
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturecreamy, savory, smoky
Type of Dishdip/spread
- One 8-ounce whole smoked trout
- ¼ cup minced celery
- ¼ cup minced yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 tablespoons very cold heavy cream
Remove the skin, head and tail from the trout. Gently pull the fillets from the bones, leaving even the very fine bones attached.
In a mixing bowl, gently shred the fillets with two forks; remove any fine bones now. Set aside.
Cook the celery and onion in butter over medium-low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add, with pepper, to the fish. Cool.
Beat the cream until it holds soft peaks. Gently fold into the trout.Refrigerate for at least 3 to 4 hours, or up to 2 days, before using.
2005 Barbara Kafka