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Smoked Trout Schmear

Chef John

"This smoked trout schmear is incredibly easy, and very versatile. Obviously, it's great spread on any kind of bread or crackers, but slathered atop a freshly toasted bagel may be its finest expression."
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2 h 15 m servings 214 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. Place crumbled trout and softened cream cheese in a bowl. Add lemon juice, dill, chives, capers, horseradish, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix together with a fork until mixture achieves the chunkiness or creaminess you prefer. Transfer to a ramekin; wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 or 3 hours before serving to let flavors develop.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • The ideal amount of salt, acidity, and heat are very subjective. Equal proportions of cream cheese and smoked trout is a good starting point, but everything else should be added "to taste."

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 214 calories; 17.1 g fat; 1.9 g carbohydrates; 13.4 g protein; 97 mg cholesterol; 212 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Added salmon caviar, smoked salmon & garnished with toasted walnuts

So simple to prepare. Flavour is excellent. Followed the recipe to the letter. Everyone at home loves it, either as a dip or on toast, even for breakfast!