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Smoked Trout and Zucchini Filled Tomato Roulade

Smoked Trout and  Zucchini Filled Tomato RouladeOur long hot dry summer is dragging on. We’ve had weeks on end of days peaking at 35C and nights failing to drop below 22C. There is no relief in sight. While much of the east coast has experienced disastrous floods, our gardens are wilting and our stamina is flagging. I find myself watching the sky in the south west for clouds, black rain filled clouds, bringing a downpour to drench the earth, settle the dust and lift the spirits.

My palate is tired of hot weather dinners and the fridge is almost bare. With a few standard fridge and pantry basics, zucchinis that were languishing in the crisper, a frozen fillet of smoked trout and chives from the garden, I resurrected this roulade, a recipe I was constantly reinventing in the eighties. It was good to revisit this now dated dish.

The method may look lengthy, but the recipe comes together reasonably quickly.

A savoury roulade is best made a few hours before you are ready to serve, or it can be made the day before.

Filling:Smoked Trout Roulade ingreds

3 zucchinis coarsely shredded

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon snipped chives

½ tablespoon maize flour

2 tablespoons milk

½ tablespoon seeded mustard

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 fillet smoked trout deboned and flaked


Sponge:Smoked Trout and  Zucchini Filling

60g butter

1/3 cup plain flour

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons dried tomato paste

2 tablespoons snipped chives

30 g parmesan cheese, grated

4 eggs, separated


Shred the washed zucchinis, put it into a colander, toss the salt through and allow to drain while you get everything else ready.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and flour a 24cm X 30cm shallow swiss roll tin and line it with baking paper.

Prepare the filling first as the zucchini needs to have cooled before you add the trout. Rinse the salted zucchini and squeeze out as much water as possible. Heat the butter in a small pan, add the chives and zucchini. Cook over a low heat until all the water has evaporated. Mix the maize flour and milk to a thin slurry and add to the zucchini. Stir continuously over a low heat until it thickens. Stir in the mustard then set aside to cool. While the sponge is baking add the mayonnaise and trout to the filling.


To make the sponge, melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the flour and cook stirring continuously for a minute. Add the milk gradually stirring continuously until all the milk is incorporated and the béchamel has thickened. Remove from the heat then add the cheese, chives and dried tomato paste. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks then fold 1/3 into the cheese sauce. Lightly fold in the remaining 2/3. Pour the sponge batter in the prepared tin and spread to the edges. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until puffed, golden and firm to the touch in the centre. Lay a clean tea towel over a wire cooling rack, tip the sponge onto the tea towel, then working quickly, spread the filling over the sponge leaving a 4cm margin on a short edge.

Starting at the other short end, tightly roll the roulade. Use the tea towel to help manoeuvre the hot sponge.

If the sponge shows signs of cracking, mine did, roll the roulade tightly in plastic wrap to cool and the cracks will heal. Allow to cool before slicing thickly.

Cuts into 12 X 2cm thick slices


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

16 comments on “Smoked Trout and Zucchini Filled Tomato Roulade

  1. Pingback: Delicious Smoked Trout

  2. marymtf
    March 14, 2013

    can I just ask what you mean by ‘dried tomato paste’? This is the best thing about recipe blogs, you can ask the author questions and get immediate answers. (well, maybe the second best thing because the best thing is the recipes.) 🙂


    • ladyredspecs
      March 14, 2013

      I buy jars of dried tomato paste from the Mediterranean Wholesalers in Coburg, it’s just munched up dried tomatoes. Some delis have it in bulk in the fridge with the dips and pesto too, or else you could make your own by blitzing some dried tomatoes in the food processor. The flavour is much much better than regular tomato paste in this dish.


  3. johnnysenough hepburn
    March 12, 2013

    – Love all of those ingredients.
    – It’s freezing here, again!


  4. marymtf
    March 11, 2013

    If I ever win Tattslotto, I’d like to hire you as my personal chef. Humungous salary of course and lots of helpers / dishwashers. I’m drooling, here. I love smoked trout.


  5. musingmar
    March 11, 2013

    This looks and sounds wonderful, and is not a dish I’m familiar with. Thank you for sharing! I do hope you get a break from the terrible heat and dry spell soon and that pleasant weather is coming your way.


    • ladyredspecs
      March 11, 2013

      I better ‘fess up. We left home yesterday for a holiday, glad to leave the extreme heat behind, hopefully next week when we return it will be cooler!


  6. chef mimi
    March 11, 2013

    What a beautiful dish! I love smoked trout!


    • ladyredspecs
      March 11, 2013

      Thanks, yes smoked trout is delicious except for the fiddly fine pin bones.


  7. trangquynh
    March 11, 2013

    your roulade looks gorgeous and delicious which I’m really admiring because I’m just terrible at making roulades 😦 great recipe btw, and I love the combination of ingredients ^^


    • ladyredspecs
      March 11, 2013

      Thank you, I do think once you have the technique nailed a roulade is quite a simple dish to make……..keep trying. 😃


  8. ohlidia
    March 11, 2013

    This looks perfect for a hot summer eve! Hope you’ll find some relief soon!


    • ladyredspecs
      March 11, 2013

      Thanks, Thursday the weather bureau promises a cooler day.😉


  9. Leah
    March 10, 2013

    Is forgotten about this one….great post & trip down memory lane. Chicken roll next? Xxx


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