Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trout Roe Gunkan-Maki

This is the easiest sushi dish you could ever make. I'd trust a half drunk hillbilly to make this as well as me in a heartbeat. You're gonna use cured Trout Roe... you already have some, right? Make sushi rice according to its directions and make a simple solution of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. I generally use about a quarter cup of rice vinegar, tablespoon of sugar, big pinch of salt and a splash of water for this mixture, experiment till you find a mix you like, you can find many wild variations of this online, so google your heart out. Mix a bowl full of water, rice vinegar and pinch of salt. Maybe a cup of water and 3 tablespoons of vinegar, teaspoon of salt. This is for your hands while you handle the sushi rice. Cut 1 inch wide by 5 inch long strips of Nori. Make a small ball of rice and roll it into the piece of nori. Mine end up round, but an oval shape is idea, in fact "Gunkan" means "battleship" in Japanese, so think of that shape.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Smoked Trout, Baby Potato Bites Appetizer

This is a quick, easy appetizer that will have your guests drooling. It brings out the bacony flavor of the smoked Trout and the prep work can be done in advance to make serving it simple and quick.

Makes 24 bites

  • 12 Baby potatoes (picture half of it being 1 serving)
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped smoked Trout
  • 1 T Cold Butter
  • 2 T Cream Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Boil the potatoes whole for about 20 minutes. You want them soft but not mush, we need to work with them. Cut the pointy ends off each potato, and then slice in half. On the big side, scoop out a tiny bowl into the potato half. Cut the butter into pads, and then subdivide pads to make small blocks of butter. Place a block of butter in each potato bowl. You don't want too much butter, but you want it to boil over the edges when in the broiler. Broil on high and watch it, once the butter has boiled over and the top of the potato begins to brown, take them out. Mix minced green onion with the chopped smoked trout and add this mixture to each potato half. Top with a bit of cream cheese and return to broiler until the cream cheese starts to brown.