Smoked fish is a popular ingredient throughout Britain. You can find dishes containing it gracing tables at any hour of the day, but the delicate flavor of smoked trout is most often found paired with eggs as a light meal in the morning or early afternoon.
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This smoked trout salad from Bouchon makes a creamy, lemony vinaigrette for the flaked fish, brightens it with fresh herbs, and pairs the flavors against the bitterness of the endives. The potatoes are the perfect vehicle for carrying the smokiness of the trout.
If you follow the recipe for these Egg Shooters from Bromberg Bros.Blue Ribbon Cookbook by Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg you'll find that they aren't exactly deviled eggs, more like hard-boiled eggs topped with Olive Oil Mayonnaise and Pickled Peppers or with Crème Fraiche and Salmon Roe. I decided to take a little liberty with the recipe and tweak it into a fancier version.
Smoked trout is a criminally underreported ingredient in my book. Smoked salmon gets all kinds of attention, in its cold-smoked form as the centerpiece of bagels, but the humble trout has no one to sing its praises. It's always found...