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The road goes ever on and on… and this time we are catching up with Smeagol for a bit of unconventional fishing.
When it comes to Lord of the Rings, Smeagol is a character that is often overshadowed by his more evil half, Gollum. Once a Hobbit-type creature, Smeagol was overcome with the malignant influence of the One Ring – eventually transforming into Gollum, the strange creature we come to meet in the books and films.
He eventually leads Frodo and Sam to Mordor to destroy the Ring – tries to steal the Ring – and ultimately meets his demise.
Deception aside, the Smeagol/Gollum arc has many iconic moments throughout the journey – some good, some bad – leading up to his unfortunate and necessary end.
“Give it to us RAW and WRIGGLING.”
Smeagol is often confused and rather offended by how Frodo and Sam go about preparing the limited game they are able to catch on their journey to Mordor. The fact that the Hobbits prefer their food cooked is beyond beffuddling to him.
Add that to the fact that he cannot eat lembas bread (because he’s been corrupted by the Ring), Smeagol often has to resort to hunting his own food.
Enter: Smeagol’s Sashimi Toast
While Smeagol probably still wouldn’t like this – I have a feeling the Hobbitses would.
Toasted crusty bread, topped with a thin slice of smoked salmon and cottage cheese – then finished with a caper mignonette and fresh dill, what’s not to love!
Making Sashimi Toast
Here’s what you need to make a sashimi toast inspired by Smeagol.
- lox – thin slices of smoked salmon
- cottage cheese – large curd adds more taste and texture
- capers – for pops of saltiness, reserve some juice for the ‘mignonette’
- red onion – to flavor the ‘mignonette’
- fresh dill – for topping
- crusty French bread – fresh sliced and toasted works better than crackers (but you can use crackers in a pinch!)
Assembling the Toasts
The first step to assembling the sashimi toasts is prepping the ‘mignonette.’ I say ‘mignonette’ because the term is used loosely to describe the onion and caper topping. Capers, a bit of caper juice and minced red onion are marinated to create a riff on a mignonette sauce. Chill while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
After that, slice and toast the bread. I recommend using a whole baguette, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices. Lightly brush or spray the slices of bread with oil before toasting for 10-15 minutes – until just starting to brown and crisp up, but still soft-ish in the very middle.
Finally, add a bit of cottage cheese to each croustini followed by a slice of lox. Top off the toasts with a sprinkling of the caper mignonette and a small sprig of dill.
Then you’re finished!
Serve Smeagol’s sashimi toasts alongside Gollum’s rabbit tartine to really split your taste buds!
What other fictional recipes would you like to see brough to life? Let me know down in the comments below!
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Smeagol’s Sashimi Toast
- 1 loaf French baguette
- 1 package lox sliced
- 1 cup large curd cottage cheese
- ½ tablespoon capers
- 1 tablespoon reserved juice from capers
- 1 tablespoon red onion finely minced
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil for brushing
- Prepare the mignonette (recipe below). Preheat the oven to 375°F. Use a serrated knife to cut the baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet then lightly brush each slice with olive oil. Toast the bread until crispy and just beginning to brown, about 10-15 minutes.
- When the croustini have cooled, spoon about a quarter to half tablespoon of cottage cheese onto the center of each toast (reserve half of the toast for Gollum's Tartine, if making).
- Place a piece of lox onto the top of the cottage cheese then sprinkle about a half teaspoon of mignonette onto each toast.
- Garnish each toast with a tiny sprig of fresh dill. Serve right away while marathoning Lord of the Rings. Enjoy!
- Finely mince the red onion. In a small bowl, mix together the capers, caper juice and minced onion. Chill for at least one hour to develop flavor.