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Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs

Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs
The pancakes can be shaped up to a day in advance. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet or plate that has been lightly dusted with flour, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium russet potatoes, each about 8 oz.,
      peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, minced
  • Olive oil for cooking pancakes
  • Unsalted butter for cooking pancakes
  • 1 Tbs. distilled vinegar (if not using an egg-
      poaching pan)
  • 8 eggs
  • 8 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes with 2 inches of water and add the 1 tsp. salt. Set the pan over medium heat, bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the potatoes are very tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Drain in a colander and let cool for 15 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl, mash them and let cool to room temperature, 30 to 45 minutes. Add the egg, the 3 Tbs. flour, salt, pepper and all but 1 Tbs. of the chives. Gently fold the mixture together until just blended.

Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper and lightly dust with flour. Have ready a small bowl filled with additional flour for dusting. Divide the potato mixture into 1/4-cup portions to make 8 pancakes. With floured hands, shape each portion into a flat 3-inch disk. Arrange the pancakes on the prepared baking sheet or plate and dust the tops with flour. Refrigerate, tightly wrapped, until ready to cook.

To cook the pancakes, in a 10-inch nonstick fry pan over medium heat, warm 2 Tbs. oil with 1 Tbs. butter until hot. When the butter has stopped foaming, fry the pancakes in batches (do not overcrowd the pan) until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with the remaining pancakes, adding more oil and butter to the pan as needed.

Meanwhile, in an egg-poaching pan or in a large sauté pan filled with 1 1/2 inches simmering water and the vinegar, poach the eggs until done to your liking.

Divide the pancakes among 4 warmed plates. Arrange 1 oz. of salmon on each pancake and top each with a poached egg and a pinch of the remaining chopped chives. Serve immediately.
Serves 4.
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