Smoked trout, Dutch carrots and butter sauce

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 people

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 Dutch carrots (about 1 bunch), scrubbed
  • 6 spring onions, trimmed
  • 6 smoked rainbow trout fillets (180gm each), skin on, pin-boned
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) dill sprigs
  • 1 small Spanish onion (optional), thinly sliced into rings
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  • Butter sauce
  • 50 ml rice wine vinegar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 150 gm butter, melted
  • Juice and finely grated rind of ½ lemon
01   Heat 3 tsp oil in a large frying pan over high heat, add carrots and cook, turning occasionally, until just tender (2-3 minutes). Set aside.
02   Brush spring onions with 1 tsp oil, season to taste, place on a wire rack over a gas flame and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly charred (2-3 minutes; see note). Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and steam until tender (2-3 minutes), then coarsely chop and set aside.
03   Heat remaining oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, add trout in batches skin-side down and cook until skin is golden (40 seconds-1 minute), then turn and cook until warmed through (10 seconds). Transfer to a tray and keep warm.
04   For butter sauce, whisk vinegar, yolks, honey and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until starting to thicken (2 minutes; 70C on a thermometer), season to taste, then gradually add melted butter in a thin steady stream, whisking to emulsify. Add lemon juice and rind, season to taste and keep warm.
05   To serve, top spring onion with trout and carrots, spoon butter sauce over and scatter with dill and Spanish onion.
Note If you don’t have a gas burner, preheat grill to high heat and grill spring onions, turning occasionally, until lightly charred (2-3 minutes).

This recipe is from the August 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Recipe:

SHANNON DEBRECENY, MARK LABROOY, DARREN ROBERTSON, THREE BLUE DUCKS, BRONTE, NSW

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

LISA FEATHERBY

Drinking Suggestion:

SAVATERRE CHARDONNAY. , suggested by SHANNON DEBRECENY & JEFF BENNETT

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