Bagel and smoked trout platter

smoked-trout-and-bagels

There are many fish haters out there in the food world and I don’t know why. Fish can be amazing if its made properly. I think too many restaurants serve fish so overcooked and dry it ruins the whole experience for people.

That being said, smoked fish offers a whole new taste that pan seared can’t produce. Smoked trout tastes slightly nutty, sweet, and salty. Its great eaten plain, in dips, soups, or in this case, on bagels.

bagels-with-smoked-trout

You can either buy smoked trout or smoke it yourself. If you smoke it yourself here is a basic smoking recipe:

Clean the trout. You can either fillet the fish or keep them whole. You’ll want to brine the trout for 4-5 hours before smoking. The brining recipe is pretty simple: 1 cup of salt, 3 cups of brown sugar, and 1 gallon of water. After brining, pat the fish dry and you’re ready to smoke. Set your smoker to 175 degrees and smoke for 4 hours. Low and slow! I used hickory wood chips in the smoker.

bagels-cream-cheese-trout

A bagel and smoked trout platter is the same take on a smoked salmon platter but just using trout. You’ll want a toasty bagel half with a healthy spread of cream cheese. Then assemble your bagel from the rest of the platter ingredients according to your personal tastes. I love to give mine a splash of hot sauce at the end for some kick. Eat fish and be merry!

Bagel and smoked trout platter
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of flaked smoked trout
  • 4 bagels
  • 6 lemon wedges
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • 2 tablespoons of diced red onion
  • 8 tablespoons of softened cream cheese
  • Hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • diced basil leaves for garnish
  • whole basil leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. Slice and toast the bagels.
  2. Place bagels, lemon wedges, capers, onions, and basil on a platter for serving.
  3. Place cream cheese and hot sauce next to the platter.
  4. To assemble the bagels: Take a bagel slice and layer 1 tablespoon of cream cheese on it. Then sprinkle some red onion. Lay some trout on top of that. Add on a few capers and squeeze on some lemon juice. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Garnish with basil.

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    I love love love smoked salmon on bagels so I know I would love this smoked trout version. I’m going to try making the smoked trout using a smoker on the stovetop – hopefully it turns out as great as yours looks!

    • says

      I’m a huge fan of the smoked salmon and bagels as well. This variation was a tasty twist on a classic! Thanks for stopping by and best of luck. Smoke low and slow and you’ll be fine!

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