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Smoked-Trout Salad with Goat-Cheese Croûtes

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You don't need to make a special trip to the fish shop for smoked trout. The fish counter at most grocery stores will have it, vacuum-packed like many brands of bacon. We used plain smoked trout fillets, but the black-peppercorn type would be good, too.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red- or white-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 1/2- inch-thick slices baguette
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, cut into 12 slices
  • 1 pound spinach, stems removed, leaves washed well and torn in half (about 2 1/4 quarts)
  • 1 large head radicchio (about 3/4 pound), leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 2 1/4 quarts)
  • 1/2 pound smoked trout fillets, skin removed, flesh flaked

How to Make It

  1. In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add the 1/3 cup oil slowly, whisking.

  2. Heat the broiler. Put the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush the tops with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Broil until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Turn the slices over and top each one with a slice of goat cheese. Broil until the cheese is soft and warm, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle a little pepper over each croûte.

  3. Meanwhile, toss the spinach and radicchio into the dressing. Put the salad on plates. Top with the trout and the goat-cheese croûtes.

  4. Variations:: · Use romaine lettuce instead of spinach.: · Add a handful of frisée to the spinach and radicchio.

  5. Wine Recommendation: France's Chavignol is world renowned for both its Sancerre, made from sauvignon blanc, and its mouthwatering goat cheese. It's no accident that they are splendid together. Try a Sancerre here for the same delicious effect.

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