I just returned from a week in the Upper Peninsula spending time with family and friends. It’s absolutely beautiful but it’s also the land that time and the internets forgot. So no blog posts while I was away.
One of the highlights of this trip was the annual Outhouse Classic held in the wee town of Trenary. Where they race outhouses built on skis on a rough, snow covered track. The festivities also include beer tents, coolers full of turkey legs for your gnawing pleasure, and, of course, pasties.
Trenary also has a somewhat famous bakery whose specialties are Trenary Toast (a dry cinnamon sugared sweet bread perfect for dunking or making milk toast) and an old country rye bread that’s very hearty. The bakery also had an outhouse entry.
On to my pate.
The UP is known for all kinds of freshwater fish from inland lakes as well as the Great Lakes. My dad used to make the best smoked fish I’ve ever eaten. He no longer makes it but it’s available at several small specialty groceries on the sweet side of the Mackinac Bridge. For my return home I bought smoked trout and whitefish, old country rye bread, ternary toast and lots of pasties. For lunch today I decided to make a real simple pate served on the rye.
8 oz smoked trout, skin and bones removed
4 oz cream cheese
1 tsp prepared horseradish
1 tsp dill
2 T fresh lemon juice
1 T grated onion
Because I haven’t been home for awhile I had no fresh lemons but I always keep extra lemon juice in mini zip locks in my freezer. Fresh dill would also be preferable but improvise, improvise.
Combine the cream cheese and trout in a food processor. Make sure you’ve gotten all the bones out. Getting a bone in the pate might even be worse than egg shells in your deviled egg.
Grate the onion and add the onion, dill, horseradish and lemon juice to the fish/cream cheese.
Pulse until its a nice, creamy consistency. It’s as easy as that!
I served up our smoked trout pate with rye bread, beets my daughter did in her pressure cooker, and home canned dilly beans. I added some balsamic reduction to the beets to brighten up their flavor. It would also be good with sliced, hard boiled eggs, tomato slices, green onions, or crisp apple slices.
NOTE: If you’d like to order bread or toast from the Trenary Bakery you can email firstname.lastname@example.org Or call them at 1-800-TOAST-01. That was unsolicited but I do like promoting the UP.