SMOKED TROUT SALAD

SMOKED TROUT HAS A SUBTLE FLAVOR, BUT IT'S DRY IN TEXTURE, SO YOU'D ORDINARILY MAKE SOME SORT OF DRESSING, BREAK UP THE TROUT AND FOLD IT IN.  WHAT GIVES THIS SALAD ITS PUNCH, HOWEVER, IS FRESH HORSE RADISH, A RATHER TERRIFYING PHALLIC ROOT, WHICH MAKES YOUR EYES WATER WHEN YOU GRATE IT.  BUT LEMON JUICE AND CRÈME FRAÎCHE TAME THE HEAT WITHOUT COMPROMISING ITS BITE AND UNIQUE FLAVOR.  ADD SOME CHOPPED SCALLIONS AND RADISHES AND CRADLE IT WITH TREVISO OR BELGIAN ENDIVE AND YOU'VE GOT YOURSELF A DRAMATIC AND DELICIOUS FIRST COURSE.

 1 lb SMOKED TROUT
 ¾ cup FRESHLY-GRATED HORSE RADISH
 1 LEMON
 ¾ cup CRÉME FRAÎCHE
 810 RADISHES
 2 TREVISO OR 4 BELGIAN ENDIVE
 FRESH DILL AND/OR CHIVES

1

PUT A HEALTHY PINCH OF SEA SALT AND SEVERAL GRINDINGS OF PEPPER IN THE BOTTOM OF A BOWL. WHISK IN THE JUICE OF 1 LEMON.

CHOP 3 SCALLIONS AND ADD TO THE BOWL.

PEEL A FEW INCHES OFF ONE END OF THE HORSE RADISH. USING THE NEXT TO FINEST SIDE OF BOX GRATER, GRATE ABOUT 3/4 CUP ONTO A PIECE OF WAXED PAPER. DUMP THE GRATED HORSE RADISH INTO THE BOWL.

ADD ABOUT 3/4 CUP OF CRÉME FRAÎCHE. TASTE. IF IT'S TOO HOT ADD MORE CRÉME FRAÎCHE. IF YOU WANT IT HOTTER GRATE IN MORE HORSE RADISH.

ADD THE SMOKED TROUT FILLETS. BREAK UP WITH A FORK AND FOLD INTO THE HORSE RADISH MIXTURE.

THINLY SLICE THE RADISHES AND FOLD INTO THE TROUT SALAD.

PUT A MOUND OF SALAD ON EACH PLATE. TUCK THE TREVISO OR ENDIVE LEAVES UNDER THE SMOKED TROUT.

SCATTER WITH FRESH DILL AND/OR CHOPPED CHIVES.

SERVES 6-8

Ingredients

 1 lb SMOKED TROUT
 ¾ cup FRESHLY-GRATED HORSE RADISH
 1 LEMON
 ¾ cup CRÉME FRAÎCHE
 810 RADISHES
 2 TREVISO OR 4 BELGIAN ENDIVE
 FRESH DILL AND/OR CHIVES

Directions

1

PUT A HEALTHY PINCH OF SEA SALT AND SEVERAL GRINDINGS OF PEPPER IN THE BOTTOM OF A BOWL. WHISK IN THE JUICE OF 1 LEMON.

CHOP 3 SCALLIONS AND ADD TO THE BOWL.

PEEL A FEW INCHES OFF ONE END OF THE HORSE RADISH. USING THE NEXT TO FINEST SIDE OF BOX GRATER, GRATE ABOUT 3/4 CUP ONTO A PIECE OF WAXED PAPER. DUMP THE GRATED HORSE RADISH INTO THE BOWL.

ADD ABOUT 3/4 CUP OF CRÉME FRAÎCHE. TASTE. IF IT'S TOO HOT ADD MORE CRÉME FRAÎCHE. IF YOU WANT IT HOTTER GRATE IN MORE HORSE RADISH.

ADD THE SMOKED TROUT FILLETS. BREAK UP WITH A FORK AND FOLD INTO THE HORSE RADISH MIXTURE.

THINLY SLICE THE RADISHES AND FOLD INTO THE TROUT SALAD.

PUT A MOUND OF SALAD ON EACH PLATE. TUCK THE TREVISO OR ENDIVE LEAVES UNDER THE SMOKED TROUT.

SCATTER WITH FRESH DILL AND/OR CHOPPED CHIVES.

SERVES 6-8

SMOKED TROUT SALAD
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