The following recipe and photography were provided by local blogger Abby Thome of The Thome Home.
Although commonly served at Hanukkah, these simple Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes are incredible for any holiday festivity.
For those who have not yet experienced the luscious taste of latkes, let’s first break down what they are. Pan-fried and served plain or adorned with flavorful toppings, latkes are basically fluffy potato pancakes. They can be formed into shapes and sizes of your choosing, but when it comes to holiday entertaining, I like to keep them small and round. They become the perfect edible plate for a layer of crème fraiche and smoked salmon. Smoky, salty and creamy, you won’t be able to have just one.
For party prep, you can make the latkes a day in advance and store them in the fridge. To heat prior to serving, simply place them on a baking sheet in a cold oven, set the temperature to 350°F and by the time the oven fully preheats, the latkes will be perfectly warmed through.
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- 12-15 Latkes
- 5 cups russet potatoes, peeled and shredded
- 3/4 cup onion, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup matzo meal or flour
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Verlasso smoked salmon
- Crème fraiche
- Chives, minced
- Canola oil, for frying
- Line a medium-size bowl with a kitchen cloth.
- Place the shredded potatoes and chopped onion into the kitchen cloth and squeeze out all of the excess liquid.
- Transfer the dried contents to a clean bowl and add the eggs, matzo meal or flour, salt and pepper. Mix until fully incorporated
- Form the potato mixture into golf ball-size rounds, then flatten them until they are about 1/4-inch thick.
- Pour the canola oil into a nonstick pan to a level that is about 1/2 the height of the latkes. Place over medium-high heat.
- Carefully place the latkes into the hot canola oil and fry for 4-5 minutes per side until golden brown.
- Place the fried latkes onto a paper towel-lined plate to catch any excess oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Let cool completely.
- To assemble, dollop crème fraiche onto each latke and top with a piece of smoked salmon.
- Garnish with minced chives.