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Smoked Trout Spread Recipe

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I've wanted to make a smoked trout spread forever, and I finally did. Ultimately, it was simple and easy.

After preparing the spread, I asked my daughter Lucia to taste test it. She sniffed it, as she does any new food. (Do all kids do that? I've only seen her do it.) She took a bite. Her eyes rolled up into the back of her head; she closed them and smiled. "That's good," she said.

Taste it for yourself and let me know what you think...

Smoked Trout Spread

  • ½ pound smoked trout (or 1 8-ounce package of smoked trout), skin removed
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper

1. Rip up the smoked trout into little pieces or cut it with a knife and put it in a bowl.

2. Add the cream cheese, lemon juice, and chopped onion, and the salt and pepper, to taste. Mix together. I found it mixed best using my hands, with their warmth softening up the cream cheese.

3. Scoop the mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with fresh herbs like lemon verbena, parsley, chives... or nothing at all! Serve with toast rounds, artisan bread, or crackers.

Note: If you wood-plank grill the trout or wood-smoke it, you can make this spread with the leftovers.

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