Mini Yorkshire Puds with Smoked Trout

Image of mini Yorkshires with smoked troutI saw Jamie Oliver scoffing these on a re-run of one of his television programmes and like him, I couldn’t resist. The contrast between the hot crispy Yorkshires and the cool, creamy smoked trout pâté makes them exceedingly more-ish.

The only change I made was to use labneh, Middle Eastern strained yoghurt, in place of regular cream cheese, partly because it is much lower in fat but also, to be honest, because that’s what I had in the fridge.

If you’d like to make some, just mix a little salt with Greek-style yoghurt, wrap it in muslin or cheesecloth, put in in a sieve over a bowl, put a saucer on top and put a weight on that.

Leave it in the fridge for three or four days until the whey has drained out and you are left with something that looks like a soft cream cheese. Or throw caution to the winds and use a full-fat Philly.

For the Yorkshires you will ideally need a mini muffin tin, although you could make bigger and less dainty individual puddings. I used grated horseradish from a jar in the smoked trout mix. If you’re grating it fresh from the garden you may need a little less – taste and adjust.

Mini Yorkshire Puds with Smoked Trout

  • Servings: 4-6 as a starter, 3-4 as part of a main
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Image of a mini Yorkshire pud spread with smoked trout pate

Ingredients:

125 g cream cheese or labneh

2-3 heaped tspns grated horseradish (if from a jar)

1 lemon

1 small bunch fresh chives, finely snipped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

125 g hot-smoked trout, any skin removed

Extra-virgin rapeseed oil

For the Yorkshires:

Rapeseed or vegetable oil

2 large eggs

100 g plain flour

100 ml milk

Pinch of salt

Method:

Make the batter for the Yorkshire puddings: whisk the ingredients together until you have a smooth, thick batter, pour into a jug and set aside in the fridge until just before you want to eat. The batter benefits from some resting time to allow the starches to expand.

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese or labneh, the horseradish, most of the snipped chives, the grated zest of a lemon and half its juice. Flake in the fish and fold in gently, leaving some bigger chunks.

Image of smoked trout pate

Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. This needs to be a punchy mix so add more horseradish and lemon if you think it needs it. Decant into one big bowl or four individual serving bowls or cups, scatter with the remaining chopped chives and drizzle with a little golden rapeseed oil. Cover and place in the fridge.

Pre-heat the oven to a high heat, about 240C/475F/Gas Mark 9. Put a thin layer of oil in each cup of a mini muffin tin and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until it’s smoking hot.

Pour the batter into the tin so it nearly fills each well (you may have a little left over if you have a 12 hole tin). Put the tin back in the oven and leave it, without opening the door, for 10-12 minutes or until the Yorkshires are puffed and golden.

Image of mini Yorkshire puddings

Serve with the potted smoked trout and add a few lemon wedges. These make a good starter for a casual lunch, though we ate ours for supper with a chunky salad.

Give them a go, they’re really very tasty. Thanks, Jamie.

Image of mini Yorkshire puddings served with smoked trout pate and salad

11 thoughts on “Mini Yorkshire Puds with Smoked Trout

  1. I’ve never made Yorkshire pud, I can take it or leave it when it’s served with roast beef, but with smoked trout, I think it would be delicious. Inspirational Linda

  2. They are so cute! Very gobblable. I’ve grown some horseradish in the garden which seems to be doing well but so far I just stare at it, not quite sure how I’m supposed to harvest it.

    • Him Outdoors is in charge of the horseradish but he digs up a root or two when they’re big enough, scrubs them well, peels them and grates them. He cries a lot during this process. 🙂

  3. Aha, missed those, how could I? Love the little Yorkshire puddings, if I don’t hide these pictures from my husband we’ll be having a typical roast dinner on Sunday. See how he likes to cook it.
    Horseradish is in the fridge, no trout but mackerel will do, I think. Thank you, Linda, weekend dinner solved.

    • Smoked trout – or at least the one I had – has quite a delicate flavour so I think I’d add a small amount of grainy mustard and up the herbs and lemon juice, or skip the mustard altogether if you don’t like that either. Or just add extra smoked trout – yum. Lx

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