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Recipe: Smoked Trout Dip with Grilled Crostini

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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Satisfyingly crunchy slices of grilled baguette smothered in a savory rich onion-caper dip elevate this smoked trout appetizer to a new level. It’s a hearty, irresistible starter, ideal for winter get dinner parties and holiday bashes. This one never ceases to evoke smiles and pats on the back from party people who love it as an alternative to cold-smoked salmon, which can be a bit too salty and fishy for some.

Assembling this dish is as simple as prepping a few basic ingredients, many of which are likely already in the cupboard. The mild flavor of apple wood infuses into the trout after just 40 minutes of smoking. The fish itself is phenomenal, but it’s the grilled bread that puts this appetizer over the top. Make sure to purchase a firm and crusty quality baguette, which holds up much better on the grill than more delicate breads like a standard French loaf.

 

Smoked Trout Dip with Grilled Crostini
8 to 10 servings

3 cups water
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
2 6-ounce boneless rainbow or ruby-red trout fillets
1 baguette, cut into ¼-inch slices
1 cup olive oil
8 oz. cream cheese
½ cup minced red onion
3 Tbsp. capers, drained
Juice of ½ lemon
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
½ Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 green onions, diced

Special equipment: 2 cups apple wood chips

• In a large stockpot, stir the water and salt together until the salt dissolves. Soak the trout 3 to 4 hours to brine. Remove, pat dry and place on a sheet of heavy-duty foil.
• Prepare a smoker or charcoal grill for indirect heat.
• Add 1 cup wood chips directly to the coals. Place the trout (still on the foil) over indirect heat, cover and smoke 20 minutes.
• Add the remaining 1 cup wood chips onto the coals, cover and smoke another 20 minutes. Remove and let cool on a serving tray.
• Add more charcoal to bring the grill to medium-high heat.
• Lightly brush each bread slice with olive oil. Working in batches, grill the bread over direct heat 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and grill another 3 to 4 minutes, until brown and crispy. Place on the serving tray alongside the trout.
• In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, onion, capers, lemon juice, mayonnaise and Worcestershire. Use a hand mixer or stick blender to mix until well combined. Spoon into serving bowl and garnish with green onions.
• To serve, smear a crostini with onion-caper dip, then top with a piece of smoked trout.

Matt Berkley is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who writes Grilled

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4 recipes to step up your holiday side game

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Whether you want to take your meal to the next level or need to win the it’s-not-a-competition potluck, sides like spiced carrots, roast broccoli and slow-cooker mashed potatoes have you covered.

1. Recipe: Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

2. Recipe: Vegan Creamed Spinach

3. Roast Broccoli with Kalamata Olives

4. Spiced Carrots with Carrot Top Gremolata

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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• Sauce Magazine: Guide to the Holidays 2017

• 3 quick and easy holiday starters to keep your guests at bay

• Holiday Hacks: Outsource the dessert

7 recipes to help you host the holidays with the most

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Rocking the kitchen choreography is only one part of great hospitality. Having something for everyone can be effortless with recipes like decadent kosher short ribs, vegetarian wild mushroom lasagna and vegan creamed spinach (the secret is silken tofu – no one needs to know). Bonus: all can be made up to two days ahead.

But even when you’re cooking all week, finding the time and space to make your dream menu can be a big problem. For a stress-free holiday, free up your stovetop and save that premium oven space with recipes like slow-cooker mashed potatoes and by using your grill (set to low) to keep dishes warm. You’ve got this.

1. Recipe: Hot and Fast Roast Turkey

2. Recipe: Braised Short Ribs with Horseradish 

3. Recipe: Wild Mushroom Lasagna 

4. Recipe: Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

5. Recipe: Vegan Creamed Spinach

6. Recipe: Roast Broccoli with Kalamata Olives

7. Recipe: Spiced Carrots with Carrot Top Gremolata

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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• Sauce Magazine: Guide to the Holidays 2017

• 3 quick and easy holiday starters to keep your guests at bay

• Holiday Hacks: Outsource the dessert

3 quick and easy holiday starters to keep your guests at bay

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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First impressions matter, but they don’t have to be painful. Pick just a couple show-stopping, low-effort appetizers and fill in the gaps with easy cocktail party fare like bruschetta and a charcuterie board so you can start big and still focus on killing it with the rest of the meal. These fast, simple snacks take minimal effort for maximum flavor.

Scatter your snacks in more than one place and dish them out in batches throughout the evening. Snack-designated gathering spots prevent bottlenecks in a crowded kitchen, and timing is everything if you want to keep your drinking guests from donning a lampshade because you ran out of food.

1. Recipe: Spiced Mixed Nuts

2. Recipe: Roasted Artichokes with Garlic Aioli

3. Recipe: Spicy Bacon Caramel Corn

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director.

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• Sauce Magazine: Guide to the Holidays 2017

• Holiday Hacks: Outsource the dessert

• 7 recipes to help you host the holidays with the most

Join Us on Pinterest and Win a Krups Espresso Machine

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

In this month’s Guide to the Holidays, we give you everything you need to entertain with ease this holiday season. Now, we want to see how you plan to spend the most wonderful time of the year. What’s your dream table setting for Christmas? What cocktail are you shaking up for your holiday party? Do you mash your potatoes or do you bake them into a creamy gratin? No matter what, we want to see what your ideal holiday party looks like. How? On Pinterest! Just pin at least 10 images showing us what your dream holiday party would look like and you could win a Krups XP 1020 Steam Espresso Machine. This easy-to-operate machine doesn’t take up much counter space, and it keeps espresso warm while the steam nozzle quickly froths milk.

Here’s how it works:

• Follow us on Pinterest
• Create a Pinterest board called “My Saucy Holiday Party”
• Pin at least 10 images, 4 of them from Sauce. Each image must have a description and should include #saucemagazine
• Make sure you finish your Pinterest board by December 20.

What are you waiting for? Get pinning!

 

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