smoked trout hash
1 Quart water
1 Quart ice water
1 Cup salt
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 lemon zest
4 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon black peppercorn
2 Pound Trout
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 Cup Red Beets, scrubbed and trimmed
1/2 Cup New Potatoes, halved
2 green onions, thinly sliced
4 Large eggs
In a medium saucepan combine water, salt, brown sugar, lemon zest, bay leaves and pepper corns. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook until salt and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat and let steep 15 minutes. Pour mixture over ice water to cool. Once cool to the touch pour mixture over trout, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Remove fish from brine discarding brine. Rinse filets and pat dry. Lay them out on a cooling rack and refrigerate overnight to form the pellicle. This allows the smoke to adhere to the filets a little better.
When ready to cook, start the Z Grill grill and set temperature to 165 F. Allow to preheat 10-15 minutes.
Place the filets directly on the grill grate and smoke for 1 1/2-2 hours or until fish begins to flake.
Increase the temperature to 375 and preheat, lid closed, 10-15 minutes.
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add beets and cook 10 minutes or until almost tender.
Add new potatoes and cook until both beets and potatoes begin to brown.
Add flaked, smoked trout and green onions and cook until trout is warmed through, about 4 minutes.
Make 4 wells in the hash and crack one egg into each well.
Transfer the skillet to the preheated Z Grill and cook until whites are set and yolks are still runny, 5-6 minutes. Enjoy!