Showing posts with label smoked salmon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label smoked salmon. Show all posts

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Smoked Salmon Potato Stacks

If you are looking for a change from crackers and bread as a base for canapés, may I suggest sliced potatoes? They work particularly well with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Check out my deliciously adorable smoked salmon potato stacks! It's a delicious combination. And naturally gluten-free.

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I have neither crackers or bread. But I almost always have potatoes. Panfry a few thick slices and you've got the perfect base for the spread of your choice. 

I created this recipe a few years back for Appetizer Week. Since then I've served potato slices with many other toppings but you can't beat this classic combination.

Smoked Salmon Potato Stacks

Quick to make ahead and quick to assemble, your party guests will love these easy to eat finger food.

2 potatoes (Together mine weighed about 13 3/4 oz or 390g.)
Olive oil
5 oz or 140g cream cheese at room temperature
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
Tiny piece purple onion 1/3 oz or 10g
6 oz or 170g thinly sliced smoked salmon
Chopped parsley, mint or fennel fronds to decorate, optional

Peel your potatoes and slice them into rounds about 1/4 inch or 6mm thick. I got about 10 or 11 good slices from each potato and discarded the end bits, which would have been too small to match the rest.

Drizzle a little olive oil on a non-stick griddle pan and cook your potatoes in batches until they are browned on both sides and cooked through. Set aside to cool.

Mix the cream cheese, yogurt and lemon juice together in a small bowl and give it a generous few grinds of black pepper.

Thinly slice your purple onion.

Put the cream cheese mixture in a Ziploc bag and cut a small corner off so you can squeeze it out.

Share the cream cheese mixture out between the cooked potato slices, reserving just a little bit to garnish.

Cut the smoked salmon slices into skinnier pieces and roll them up. Set two or three small rolls on the cream cheese mixture.

Finish with another small dab of the cream cheese mixture and top with a sliver of the purple onion. If you like onion and know your crowd does too, feel free to put more.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley, mint or fennel fronds to decorate, if desired.

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Crispy Roasted Fishcakes Wrapped in Bacon

Whenever we move houses, there are two books that come with me, in the suitcase, because I wouldn’t trust them to the shipment and I might need them right away.  This was especially true before the days of internet.  (And often the first weeks in a new home are like the days before internet.  We were fortunate here to have internet within a couple of days of moving in.  That doesn’t happen very often, believe me!)  My two essential books are the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook, 1980 edition and my own binder full of personal, many irreplaceable, family recipes, collected over the last 30-something years.

This move, a couple of extra books joined that treasured literary pantheon:  Fried Chicken and Champagne and Jamie’s Great Britain, because they were much salivated over Christmas gifts and I couldn’t bear to put them in the shipment and not see them again for six weeks.  They have both been well-thumbed this last week and a half and now are duly bookmarked with sticky tabs. 

So many recipes I want to try!
Here, then, is the first attempt from my two wonderful gift books, a recipe adapted from Jamie.

100g or 3.5 oz smoked salmon
60g or 2 oz smoked herring fillets
(or 160g or 5.5 oz smoked fish of your choice – Jamie recommends just salmon or salmon and trout.  The herring fillets were a bit strong so I will probably try this again with just salmon.)
2 green onions (or more if yours are skinny)
Knob of butter 
Sea salt
Black pepper
340g or 12 oz potatoes
2 large eggs
1 small lemon
Handful celery leaves or flat leafed parsley
Handful plain flour
2 oz or 60g of breadcrumbs or 4 slices dry sandwich bread
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Olive oil
4 slices of bacon

Cut the root end off of the green onions and slice them finely.  Sauté with a knob of butter, a drizzle of olive oil to stop the butter from burning and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Peel the potatoes and cut them in cubes.  Boil them in salted water until tender and mash-able.

Meanwhile, chop the smoked fish with a big knife.  Sure, you can do it with a small knife but it is not as satisfying as rocking a big knife under two hands. 

When the potatoes are cooked, drain them and mash them and leave them to cool a bit.

Chop your celery leaves or parsley.

Put your breadcrumbs (or four slices of sandwich bread) into the food processor with 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper.   Drizzle in a little olive oil while the thing is whizzing around until you have rough, ever so slightly moist breadcrumbs.

Break one egg into a shallow bowl.  Break the other egg and let the white fall into the same bowl.   Add the yolk to the cooled potato and mix thoroughly.

To the potatoes, add the fish, the green onions, the zest of your lemon, juice of half of your lemon and the celery or parsley.  Mix thoroughly.

Now divide your potato/fish mixture into four equal balls and shape them into patties.  Whisk your egg.

Now for my favorite part.  When I can add bacon to a recipe, I’m happy.  Spread a piece of cling film on your cabinet.  Add your bacon slices and top with another piece of cling film.  Using a rolling pin or wine bottle, roll your bacon to stretch it into longer pieces.   This really works!

Using your hands, lightly flour the patties and then put them into the egg.  Both sides.  This is going to get messy so don’t even try to keep clean.

Next pop them into the breadcrumbs and coat both sides well.  Return the patties to plate.

After all four are coated in breadcrumbs, wrap each one with a slice of bacon and secure with as many toothpicks as it takes.

Put them in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook them.

To cook:  preheat the oven to 425°F or 220°C.  Put the baking pan in to heat up.   When the oven reaches temperature, drizzle the pan with olive oil then put the fishcakes in the pan and drizzle a little more olive oil on their tops and bake for about 15 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and turn the patties over.  Cook for five or 10 more minutes or until they are crispy and browned all over.  

Serve with wedges of lemon.


Addendum:  I am adding this post to the #Cooked in Translation blog hop, so just a little information about that. The concept is simple:  Once a month on the third Wednesday we interpret a classic international dish through the lens of our own or another culinary tradition.  See who else has taken the challenge and add your own fishcake link below.  You can find the rules here.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Smoked Salmon and Avocado Easy Appetizer

As we approach Christmas and too much to do, here’s a simple, yet delicious appetizer that requires little lead time, NO COOKING, and only two ingredients which are a marriage made in heaven.  The salty, flavorful smoked salmon complements the rich, creamy avocado perfectly.

In our house, this is a Christmas Eve staple.  Our tradition requires only appetizer-type food on Christmas Eve, no big meal, no hours in the kitchen.  We eat these salmon and avocado bites, artichoke dip, either angels or devils on horseback (Which ever is the one with smoked oysters, NOT prunes wrapped in bacon.  I can never remember.), caviar, deviled eggs, a selection of cheeses, etc., etc.  And we drink champagne.  And we wrap presents.  And we listen to Christmas music with the fake fireplace video crackling on the flat screen.  Good times. 

150g or 5.25 oz of thinly sliced smoked salmon
2 small to medium just ripe avocados
Sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper (optional)

Cut the avocados in half lengthwise so you have two even halves.

Use your knife to get the seed out.  Do be careful.

Whack the pit with your knife, keeping your fingers well out of the way.

Hold the avocado with one hand and twist the knife and the pit should come out clean.
I couldn't hold mine AND take a photo. 

Hold the avocado half in one hand and, with a sharp pointy knife in the other, carefully cut slices just down to the avocado skin without piercing it.

Using a small spoon, starting at one end, scoop the flesh out of the skin.

Slice your salmon into strips.

Wrap one strip around each piece of avocado.  

That’s it.  Beautiful and delicious.  

You can add a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper, if you’d like.  Enjoy!