Irish Oat & Potato Cakes with Whiskey-Cured Salmon & Herbed Crème FraîcheIrish spirited dishes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
INGREDIENTS FOR WHISKEY-CURED SALMON:
1½ lbs (750 g) skin-on salmon fillet, rinsed under cold water, patted dry, pin bones removed
1 cup (250 ml) kosher salt
½ cup (125 ml) dark brown sugar
2 tbsp (30 ml) black peppercorns
2 tbsp (30 ml) juniper berries
1 bunch fresh dill
1 bunch fresh thyme
½ cup (125 ml) Irish whiskey
INGREDIENTS FOR HERBED CREME FRAICHE:
½ cup (125 ml) packed fresh dill
1 cup (250 ml) packed fresh parsley leaves and tender stems
1 tbsp (15 ml) capers, rinsed
¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
½ jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
¾ cup (175 ml) crème fraîche or sour cream
INGREDIENTS FOR OAT & POTATO CAKES:
3 medium baking potatoes, peeled
2 green onions, trimmed and finely sliced
¾ cup (175 ml) rolled oats
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp (5 ml) kosher salt
½ tsp (2 ml) freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp (5 ml) lemon zest
6 tbsp (90 ml) each unsalted butter and grapeseed oil, for cooking
- To make Whiskey-Cured Salmon, line a baking dish large enough to hold salmon with plastic wrap and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together salt, sugar, peppercorns and juniper berries.
- Sprinkle half the salt mixture over bottom of prepared baking dish and spread half the dill and thyme on top. Lay salmon, skin-side down, on herbs and drizzle with whiskey. Cover with remaining dill and thyme and top with remaining salt mixture.
- Tightly wrap salmon with plastic wrap and weigh down with several tin cans. Refrigerate salmon for 24 hours. Turn salmon over, continue to weigh down with cans and refrigerate a further 24 hours.
- When ready to serve, remove salmon from plastic wrap and using back of a knife or a spoon, scrape curing mixture off fish. Place salmon, skin-side down, on cutting board. Thinly slice salmon into diagonal strips, leaving skin behind. Cured salmon may be made ahead and refrigerated, uncut, for 5 days.
- To make Herbed Crème Fraîche, place dill, parsley, capers, olive oil, jalapeño (seeded if you don’t want sauce to be spicy) and lemon juice into a food processor. Blend, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until you are left with a slightly chunky sauce. Add crème fraîche to a medium bowl and ripple half green mixture throughout. Spoon remaining sauce into a bowl.
- To make Oat & Potato Cakes, shred potatoes using large holes of a box grater. Then place potatoes on a large tea towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
- Place drained potatoes in a large bowl along with green onions, oats, eggs, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined and set aside for 10 minutes.
- In a 5-in (12 cm) frying pan, heat 1 tbsp (15 ml) of both oil and butter over medium heat. Add potato mixture and spread evenly. Cook until bottom is nicely browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Invert potato cake onto a plate and then slide it back into pan. Continue to cook until again nicely browned on bottom, about another 8 to 10 minutes*. Repeat this step 6 times for 6 cakes, keeping cakes warm in a 200 F (95 C) oven. *You can also make one large oat and potato cake, following the directions, in a non-stick, 12-in (30 cm) frying pan. When ready to serve, slice into wedges and serve as described.
- To serve, divide Oat & Potato Cakes among warm serving plates. Top with a good dollop of Herbed Crème Fraîche and thin slices of Whiskey-Cured Salmon. If desired, garnish with additional green onions, lemon zest, capers and thinly sliced red onion.