Our farmers market sells a wonderful local smoked trout. I bought a brown sugar smoked fillet yesterday as well as some big, beautiful heirloom tomatoes. I had created the crème fraiche/pepper jelly combo earlier to use in my salmon cake recipe. I made that again, added some greens, and liked the result. Adding crispy bacon gave the sandwich a good crunch. It is also good without bacon if you prefer. I have also tried cutting the tomato into chunks and mixing with the crème fraiche, and adding a dab of harissa for an extra kick (see second photo). That is great too. Or, you can substitute harissa for the pepper jelly but add it more sparingly to the crème fraiche. Note; if you don’t have a good local smoked trout, a smoke salmon fillet or lox will also work nicely. —JoanG
fillet of smoked trout , skin removed
whole wheat hamburger buns or 4 slices of bread, or 2 English muffins
Butter for spreading on the bun or bread
green pepper jelly or jam
slices ripe heirloom tomato
slices of crispy bacon that have been fried and cut in half
- Butter one side of the buns or bread and grill quickly until crisp and brown on one side. Flip and quickly toast the other side.
Layer two pieces of bun or bread with half the baby spinach and 1-2 slices of tomato.
On the other pieces, lay 2 halves of bacon, then ½ the smoked trout.
- Top with the crème fraiche mixture.
- Bite, crunch, savor!
I love food! I love to cook, eat, read about food, write about food, and enjoy meals with friends and family. I have been writing a food memoir for the past decade and am just about done! I epsecially love to create recipes using seasonal and local produce. I love to travel and wherever I go I shop at markets, cook, and try to take a cooking class.