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Today, a dear old friend dropped in for tea. She brought scones, and I made a fruit plate, cucumber-and-cream-cheese sandwiches, and smoked trout salad sandwiches. As usual, I was having so much fun eating and chatting that I forgot to take a picture until we were halfway through our tea. The smoked trout salad recipe is usually a big hit, so I though I’d share it with you. I used Trader Joe’s canned smoked trout, but you can use an equivalent amount of smoked trout from other sources.

Smoked Trout Salad Sandwiches

2 cans (5.4 oz total) Trader Joe’s smoked trout (skinless in canola oil)IMG_20170322_113309650 (Medium)
1/2 small onion, finely chopped (or about 1T finely chopped shallot, scallion, or leek)
1T chopped apple
1T chopped cucumber or pickle
1T capers
1T dried cranberries (or raisins, currants, chopped dried apricots)
1 T chopped pecans (or walnuts, almonds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
1/4 t dried thyme
1/4 t dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
3T mayonnaise

Drain trout thoroughly. Place in a medium bowl and flake apart with a fork into very small pieces. Add remaining ingredients and blend thoroughly, You may wish to adjust the mayonnaise, depending on whether you want a firmer or softer texture. Note: you have a lot of flexibility on ingredients. Try different combinations (the salad shown actually has raisins and almonds). Play with your food! Strive for a balance between sweet and savory. The key to this salad is the consistency; finely chopped ingredients will make the salad easier to spread and improve the mouth feel.

IMG_20170322_114431380 (Medium)Serving for tea: Spread mayonnaise thinly on two slices of bread.IMG_20170322_174256424_HDR (Medium) Spread salad on one slice and cover with the other slice. Cut off crusts. Quarter the sandwich into four squares, triangles, or fingers. Serve with tea and scones.

Open-face: Spread mayonnaise thinly on one slice of bread. Spread salad on slice. Add a slice of tomato (optional). Top with a slice of cheese (cheddar, Swiss, and Jarlsberg are good choices, but goat cheese also works well). Place in a toaster oven or broiler and toast until the cheese just begins to melt. Serve immediately.