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    Smoked trout with tarragon mayonnaise

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    Smoked trout with tarragon mayonnaise

    Post  Admin on Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:48 pm

    Serves 4.

    Ingredients
    1/2 cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthways
    12 pink radishes, sliced
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tbsp cider vinegar
    1/2 tsp black onion seeds, (optional)
    150 g smoked trout fillets, thinly sliced
    4 slices brown bread, lightly toasted, to serve

    For the mayonnaise
    1 large sprigs tarragon, leaves only
    1 egg yolk
    1 tbsp cider vinegar
    1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
    150 ml rapeseed oil


    Method
    1. Start with the cucumber and radish. Using a teaspoon, or a melon-balling knife, remove the seeds of the cucumber then slice into pieces about the thickness of a 1 coin. Mix with the radishes and salt. Cover and set aside for quarter of an hour.

    2. Knead the cucumber and radish with your hands for a minute or so, then transfer to a colander. Squeeze out excess water with your hands. Transfer the vegetables to a clean bowl, and stir in the vinegar and black onion seeds. Cover and leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes until needed.

    3. For the mayonnaise, begin by pounding the tarragon leaves and a little salt to a paste in a mortar. Work in the egg yolk, mustard and vinegar. Now drip the oil in, whisking constantly, and keeping on dripping, until a third of the oil has been used. Now you can increase the flow of the oil to a slow, steady trickle, whisking all the time. Keep on going until the oil is all incorporated. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt or lemon as needed.

    4. To serve, arrange one quarter of the trout on each plate with a little of the cucumber and radish salad, a mound of tarragon mayonnaise, and a slice of bread.

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