SMOKED FISH TRIO
For pink-peppercorn sour cream sauce
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pink peppercorns*, crushed
For lemon-chive vinaigrette
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh chives (wash and dry before chopping)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
1 cup loosely packed mesclun (mixed baby greens), rinsed and dried
4 ounces peppered smoked mackerel**, cut into twelve 2-inch pieces
4 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
6 lemon wedges
6 wedges smoked trout mousse
bout 18 anchovy toasts
*available at specialty foods shops and some supermarkets
**available at fish markets and deli counters at many supermarkets
In a small bowl whisk together sour cream and peppercorns. Sauce may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
In a blender purée chives with oil and salt until smooth. Pour purée through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing on solids, and discard solids. Chive oil may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring chive oil to room temperature before proceeding. Whisk lemon juice into chive oil and season with pepper.
In a bowl toss mesclun with just enough vinaigrette to coat and season with salt and pepper. On each of 6 chilled plates decoratively layer mesclun and mackerel in small mounds and drizzle with some remaining vinaigrette. On each plate decoratively arrange salmon with a dollop of sauce and 1 lemon wedge, and a wedge of mousse and some toasts.