Combining a few classic French flavors makes a quick yet refined dish that’s ideal for entertaining. Just mix together smoked trout with apples, crème fraîche, fresh tarragon, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Spoon it onto some crunchy crostini and serve this sophisticated yet easy hors d’oeuvre at your next cocktail or holiday party.
Special equipment: You’ll need a pastry brush for this recipe.
What to buy: Crème fraîche is a naturally thickened fresh cream with a tangy flavor and a rich texture. Perfect for appetizers and desserts, it’s also good in soups and sauces because it doesn’t curdle or separate with heat. If you can’t find it, sour cream is a decent substitute.
Game plan: The smoked trout salad can be prepared up to a day ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container. Stir briefly before topping the toasts.
The toasts (crostini means little toasts in Italian) can be made up to 1 day ahead and stored covered at room temperature. Once assembled, serve the crostini immediately.
If you’re feeling especially industrious, you can use your own smoked trout for this recipe.
Beverage pairing: Domaine du Closel Savennières “La Jalousie,” France. Savennières is an appellation in France’s Loire region. The wine is made from Chenin Blanc, a grape that because of its light fruitiness and touch of earth goes wonderfully with a freshwater fish as subtle and earthy as trout.