Whisky-cured ocean trout on rye crispbread

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 8 people

  • 250 gm coarse sea salt
  • 200 gm white sugar
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds, roasted, lightly crushed
  • 60 ml Scotch whisky
  • 400 gm piece of skinless ocean trout, pin-boned
  • 12 thin slices of light rye bread, crusts removed (about ½ loaf)
  • For brushing: olive oil
  • 1 spring onion bulb, shaved
  • To serve: salmon roe and watercress sprouts (see note)
01   Combine salt, sugar, fennel seeds and whisky in a bowl. Lay 2 sheets of plastic wrap, long enough to wrap trout, on top of each other. Spread with half the salt mixture, place trout on top, spread with remaining salt mixture, cover tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate, weighted with tray and food cans, turning halfway through curing, for 24 hours.
02   Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200C. Cut 2 rounds from each bread slice using a 4cm cutter, brush with oil, place on lightly oiled oven trays, top with baking paper, then weight with an oven tray. Bake, in batches, turning halfway through cooking, until golden (12-15 minutes). Cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Crispbread will keep for 1 week.
03   Unwrap trout and wipe clean of salt mixture. Thinly slice using a sharp knife and serve on crispbreads topped with shaved onion, salmon roe and watercress sprouts.
Note Watercress sprouts are available from specialty greengrocers. You can substitute with other sprouts or micro herbs.

Recipe:

EMMA KNOWLES , ADELAIDE LUCAS

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

VANESSA AUSTIN , EMMA KNOWLES

Drinking Suggestion:

BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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