Pan-Fried Smoked-Trout Cakes with Lemony Salad
- TOTAL TIME: 35 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
These crispy cakes highlight the intense flavors of smoked trout; the salad served alongside adds a lovely light twang.
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons minced scallion greens
- 1 tablespoon capers, drained and coarsely chopped
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges, for serving
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 pound boneless smoked trout fillet, skin removed and trout flaked (2 cups)
- 1 cup panko
- 3 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 cups mâche or watercress
- In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the lightly beaten egg, scallion greens, capers, Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Add the smoked trout and toss to combine. Fold in 1/2 cup of the panko.
- Spread the remaining 1/2 cup of panko on a plate. Form the trout mixture into eight 1-inch-thick cakes, add them to the plate and turn to coat with the panko.
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the cakes to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned and heated through, about 6 minutes. Transfer the trout cakes to plates.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil with the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Add the mâche and toss to coat. Transfer the salad to the plates and serve with lemon wedges.
Citrusy, medium-bodied Pinot Gris, such as one from Sonoma County's Russian River Valley.
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