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Tuesday
Aug162011

A family cookout at a quaint trout club... and a crudité platter with a smoked trout mousse 

 

Our time in northern Michigan was filled with many memorable meals, but one in particular stood out. Our entire family gathered together with another family for a cookout at an old picturesque trout club. Every year my husband looks forward to unwinding while fly fishing throughout its miles and miles of tranquil trout streams.  And I look forward to the abundant trout that he reaps from these streams.  

Last year I made a smoked trout tart and this year I made a smoked trout mousse surrounded by vegetables that were home grown in my aunt and uncle's huge backyard garden.  My father had just been to visit them in Pennsylvania before he came to northern Michigan and they kindly packed a cooler full of beautiful vegetables that we enjoyed all week long.  I was delighted to open the box and see gorgeous green peppers, beets, broccolini, garlic, homemade jam, beet salad dressing and much more ... Christmas in July!

I roasted the beets in olive oil and blanched the broccolini so that they were slightly tender.  They paired nicely with the smokiness of the trout mousse.

 

 

This spot is so special and unique... you just can't make this stuff up.  Mike went fly fishing at the trout stream the day before the cookout so I could have the trout smoked by the time of the party (Lyle, the manager, smokes it for you).   I almost got a fly lodged into my cheek while trying to get the below photos.  Isn't he just so manly, providing food for his family?  

 

 

 My Mil and Robin set a lovely table....

 

 

Yes, we grilled steak at a trout club. Truth be told, my father-in-law despises trout because as a child he came here all summer and his parents served it at almost every meal.   

A fabulous cookout with family in a pristine setting.  Grilled rare steak with a chimichurri sauce, broccoli corn bread, sauteed red cabbage and greens.  I'll think about this dinner all year long.... 

 

 

Smoked Trout Mousse

(adapted from the New Basics Cookbook... an oldie but a goodie)

1 cup smoked trout, deboned and flaked

1 cup ricotta cheese

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained

2 tablespoons chopped green onions

1 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

In a food processor, cream the ricotta until creamy and smooth. Pour into a large bowl and stir in the horseradish, lemon juice, green onions and dill.  Fold in the smoked trout.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Transfer to smaller crocks and chill.  Serve with crackers, hearty bread slices, or as an accompaniment with crudités.  Very addictive!

 

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Reader Comments (13)

Another wonderful time had by all..xx

08.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGRAN

Gorgeous photos and I just love the table settings

We are so glad you enjoyed the produce from our garden! Aunt Tre and Uncle Jim

08.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Tre

Hi Lisa! Like you life has been mad for me and I have so loved living vicariously through your vacation! The photos are incredible. You did such a fantastic job capturing the essence of your experience; felt like I was there. My blog FB page has also 'liked' your blog FB page now too!

08.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoulder Locavore

I love family traditions like these, even if they involve eating the same food over and over and getting attacked by a sharp fly, memorizes in the making

08.19.2011 | Unregistered Commenterpolwig

Lisa Dear, Your pics capture the fun evening so well, that I would love to go back and re-eat the meal. Great time! Dad

08.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDad

Love the photos, great final presentation, The roasted beet looks yummy.

08.20.2011 | Unregistered CommentermyFudo

Thanks for sharing. I love researching longtime family dishes. This will surely add up to our long line of listing.

08.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTres Delicious

What a beautiful setting. I love the mousse!

08.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

I love the camping pictures. My parents used to take me and my brother camping, but since I've gotten older, I haven't even had time for a vacation this summer. Everything looks delicious!

08.20.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkyleen

Stunning photos! The mousse sounds fascinating.

Lisa, you are the best!

08.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonald Stitt

Aunt Tre - Thanks for the wonderful gift from your garden!

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