Q: I'm currently putting together this year's Christmas menu, and I still need a starter. I want to make something with fish — only fish, no scampi, scallops or the like since my mum is allergic. I'm looking for something other than the good old smoked-salmon-something, too.
Can you point me in the direction of some elegant, and perhaps a little special recipes?
Sent by Heidi
Editor: Heidi, this may be too close to smoked salmon, but personally I love smoked trout — it's really crowd-pleasing and delicious. Try one of these recipes:
• Smoked Trout, Crème Fraîche & Pickled Onion at Epicurious (pictured above)
• Smoked Trout and Watercress on Tart Apple Slices at Epicurious
Readers, what else would you recommend?
Related: Gallery: Holiday Appetizers from The Kitchn
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