Probably the most decadent thing about the holidays is the seemingly endless undercurrent of gluttony. Indulging in luxuries that would seem to be nothing more than temptations any other time of the year is unavoidable. Naturally, after a couple weeks of sugar, beef pan drippings, new electronics and eggnog showers, New Year’s resolutions are a refreshing theme as gym memberships skyrocket and fad diets become front-page news. But what about seafood? Is it possible to indulge and still feel healthy? Is it possible to have your cake and eat it too? FYI, this isn’t a post about crab cakes.
Fortunately, the resounding answer is yes: eating lots of the right types of seafood over the holidays will make you healthier and quite possibly a culinary inspiration for someone looking to escape from the terribly unoriginal world of shrimp cocktails and roasted salmon.
Mmmm, what is this fish?
Ready to be a hero this holiday season? Take it upon yourself to impress your guests with refreshing menu ideas while teaching them about a new species of healthy fish they might have otherwise never tried.
Watch our video on “fish pantry basics” to prepare simple and delicious fish dishes.
Smoked Trout with Rye, Capers and Lime
Prep Time- 20 minutes
Serves 4-6 people
For the trout Mix
1 8 oz. package of smoked trout—flaked or gently chopped
1 Tablespoon capers—roughly chopped
1 Lime zested and juiced
1 Tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley—roughly chopped
1 Roma Tomato—diced
1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 Pinch Paprika
4 Each pieces of dark rye bread cut into quarters
Making it happen:
1. Place the toast points on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 oven until crispy but not burned, about 12 minutes.
2. Combine all the ingredients for the trout mix in a bowl.
3. Serve with a spoon from the bowl for a group dish or line a dollop on each toast point for a more elegant, passed appetizer.
Seafood for the Future Note: Smoked trout combines the healthfulness of salmon with the mildness of a white fish. This is a very sustainable species farmed in the United States. Smoked trout can be found at any seafood counter.
For more information on trout, check out the United States Trout Farmer’s Association.
Stay tuned for more recipes on lesser known seafood species, eggnog, and candy cane soda.