Got fish? Here’s a main course idea to keep on hand: Smoked Trout, Fresh Pasta & Crusty Bread. This recipe called for our smoker and fresh trout caught on Pine Mountain Lake. As a word of warning, you’ll need four days to complete this recipe, so make sure you plan ahead.

Smoking the Trout

Smoked trout on the grill.

Smoked trout on the grill.

The original recipe calls for salmon, but I found it tastes just as good with trout. Here are the four steps:

  1. Brine it with sugar, salt, soy sauce and a few dry spices.
  2. Dry it
  3. Smoke it
  4. Eat it!

Also, I found the recipe to be a bit salty, so I’d recommend you either rinse the fish prior to smoking or reduce the soy sauce.

Download and print the full recipe here.

How to Eat Smoked Trout

There are a lot of ways you can use smoked trout! Although you can make it into a simple appetizer by creating a fish salad or topping it on crackers or bread (just add a little mayonnaise, chopped onion, celery and capers and you’re good to go!), it makes a delicious main course when you need an easy weeknight dinner or an entree for a special dinner party. All you need to do is add it to cooked pasta with a simple sauce.

Making the Sauce

You can make a basic béchamel sauce / white sauce by using equal parts fat / butter, flour and milk. I add a little Parmesan cheese at the end in addition to salt and pepper to taste.

Creating Fresh Pasta

Although any variety of pasta will work with this trout recipe, creating your own fresh pasta will nearly always be a better option. Here’s how to get started.

First, knead the dough and let it rest in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

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Either roll it out with a rolling pin…

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…or with a pasta roller attachment for the KitchenAid stand mixer. This will give your pasta noodles much more consistent width.

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Here’s the finished product:

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After boiling the noodles, be sure to save your pasta water; you’ll want it to thin out the sauce if necessary.

Assembling the Main Course

This pasta with smoked trout is delicious!

This pasta with smoked trout is delicious!

Here are the last few steps to assembling the main course:

  1. Add vegetables to the pasta if desired. I added sautéed spinach and cooked English peas. I also like roasted tomatoes as the additional acid cuts through the rich sauce nicely.
  2. Toss all the ingredients together with the smoked trout.
  3. Don’t forget the garnish:
    • Chopped fresh parsley
    • Toasted breadcrumbs and melted butter mixed together for a crunchy bite

I’d recommend serving the dish with crusty bread, too. This recipe from French Food at Home on the Cooking Channel is pretty easy and calls for using a Dutch oven. Here’s what the finished bread looks like:

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Download and print the full recipe here.

Have you caught any fresh fish recently? What’s your favorite meal to create with it?

Mary Hathaway, Owner of Dinner Diva, has been a personal chef since 2002. She cooks regularly for clients who have special dietary needs, value healthy cooking by using organic products where possible and those who want healthy family meals but have no time to cook. Whether it’s a dinner for 4, a holiday party for 20, or a set of meals for the week, all of the recipes are customized to her client’s needs or lifestyle. Go to: Dinner-Diva.com for more info.