Potato pancakes with salmon tartare and dill creme fraiche

  • 1 1/2 pounds unpeeled Yukon gold potatoes, rinsed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil
  • 1 pound sushi grade salmon, boneless and skinless
  • 1 tablespoon capers in brine, drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup frisee leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • Dill Creme Fraiche, recipe follows
  • 4 ounces fresh salmon roe
1) Add the potatoes, flour, eggs, and shallots to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until everything is just blended and the consistency of the batter is chunky. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

2) Add a thin layer of vegetable oil to a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Pour about 1 tablespoon of the batter into the pan for each pancake. Cook until lightly browned on both sides. Remove the pancakes from the pan to a plate and allow them to cool to room temperature.

3) Cut the salmon into small cubes and put them into a bowl. Add the capers, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, a few drops of lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well, taste, and adjust the seasoning. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

4) Put the baby spinach and the frisee into a small bowl. Add the chives and 1 tablespoon of the dill and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil and toss to coat well.

5) To serve, put a ring mould on a serving plate and add a pancake. Top it with some of the spinach and frisee salad and fill with 2 tablespoons of the salmon mixture, pressing it in gently. Lift off the ring mould.

6) Put a teaspoon of dill creme fraiche onto the plate and run the back of the spoon through it to spread it in a line across the plate. Top the dill creme fraiche with 25g of the salmon roe. Garnish with the remaining chopped fresh dill. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

For the dill creme fraiche:
Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl.
Yield: 240ml

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