Johnny Cakes with Horseradish Creme Fraiche and Smoked Trout

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

Horseradish Creme Fraiche

3/4 cup creme fraiche

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained

2 teaspoons whole grain mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Johnny Cakes

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon fine yellow or white cornmeal

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 large eggs, separated

3/4 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus 1/4 cup more for frying

Horseradish creme fraiche, for garnish, recipe follows

1 smoked trout, flaked with fork

Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, for garnish

Finely chopped fresh chives, for garnish

Directions

  1. For the horseradish creme fraiche: Whisk together the creme fraiche, horseradish and mustard in a small bowl. Season with salt, and pepper, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld.
  2. For the Johnny cakes: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. 
  3. Whisk the egg yolks and milk together in a medium bowl until combined. Whisk the egg whites in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form. 
  4. Add the egg-milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the egg whites, then 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and mix until the batter is just smooth. Let rest for 10 minutes. 
  5. Heat a large nonstick saute pan or cast iron pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Brush with some of the remaining melted butter. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of the batter into the pan for each johnnycake and using a small offset spatula, spread the batter slightly to even out the top. Cook until lightly golden brown on each side, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Remove to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven until ready to serve. Top each cake with a small dollop of the creme fraiche and some of the trout. Garnish with parsley leaves and a sprinkling of chopped chives.

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