Friday, December 11, 2009

A Whole Latke Shakin' Goin' On

Well, looky here. Two salmon posts in a row, and I just said we don't eat salmon all that often.
We'll be eating it more than we expected to, though, because we bought a pack of smoked salmon that ended up being too smoky for this dish. It will be used in a pasta dish I've been making for years.
This second pack of salmon, Nova by genre, is tender and mild (thought I'd use some Christmas carol lyrics there; we got our tree today).
The idea was simple. I saw an image of a poached egg atop a potato latke the other day. I thought, "How can I get that a little closer to Eggs Benedict?" Totally gluten-free to begin with, yet a slice of ham would be so wrong. Especially tonight, when the first Hanukkah candle is lit. So salmon it was.
I mulled the Hollandaise sauce issue, and with the help of a wise friend, concluded NO. But I wanted a drizzle of something, so I decided on brown butter.
The latkes were too thick (it was Cranky's first time, and he was a trooper, even if he was trying to sculpt an English muffin from a pile of wet tuber shavings). Next time, thinner and crisper.
But the concept and the flavors were just right. Molten yolk on velvety salmon. The imperative brown butter. Oy.
I would totally make this meal again. I'll have to; there's a ton of salmon in the fridge.

16 comments:

dancingmorganmouse said...

Whadayamean no to Hollandaise?? Sacrilege.

Pink Granite said...

Looks scrumptious!
Brava!
;o)
- Lee

Zoomie said...

Eggs Bartlett. Brilliant.

Zoomie said...

I'm feeling sorry for poor Tiger, he of the lovely smile.

kudzu said...

Latkes! They look so simple but are really hard to get just right. I think, like many ethnic foods, they take practice and now that Cranky has the experience of the first batch, it will be easier next time. This looks like a wonderful combo, and nova is a proper topping all around. Mazel tov.

Greg said...

OMG! All my favorite things in one stack.

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: My wise friend, Kudzu, thought Hollandaise would trample the tender and mild salmon. I thought I just didn't want anything heavy or creamy.
But, c'mon! I loves the stuff.

Lee: Oo! Thank you. I actually *recommend* it.

Zoomie: Hah! so cute. But it reminds me of pears. How about Eggs Barenboim?

Z: Ah, Tiger. He was so jaunty before he got caught; now he's a paper tiger.

Kudzu: Listen, the first -- FIRST -- time I made latkes, they were so fantastic I told Cranky to call me Devorah. We know where we went wrong; we can make corrections.
Thanks for the mazel tov, and it *was* pretty good!

Greg: Huh, that's funny. I didn't realize it, but those are all my favorite things at once too. I hope you'll go grate some spuds and give it a try.

Chilebrown said...

"Wet Tuber Shavings" Yeah I saw them in the 80's. I do not think I have ever been the same.

Zoomie said...

Daniel likes eggs?

cookiecrumb said...

Chilebrown: At the Mabuhay? I think I was there, but I can't remember.

Zoomie: He'd like these! I picked the name not only for the "B" but because of the perfect poetic parallel with "Benedict." Oh, and he's of Jewish heritage.

Zia said...

Mmmmm... this looks wonderful! And I love the idea of the brown butter sauce. Simple and elegant.

Rev. Biggles said...

Hmmm, fish. Reminds me of something W.C. Fields quoted years ago ...

cookiecrumb said...

Zia: Thank you! And good enough to do again.

Biggles: Ah, but see... Smoked salmon is the bacon of fish.

El said...

I have to tell you CC this post inspired me to make something egg-topped for lunch this weekend: over bread though (cough) and some leftover baked beans. Okay. Nothing like what you had here but thankfully I was eating it alone and I was SLURPING its loose-egg loveliness.

namastenancy said...

The food looks delish but the puns...oh my ears! My ears! ROFLOL! I am never going to be able to hear that song again without thinking of salmon and latkes. Somehow I don't think it's got quite the same effect as originally intended.

cookiecrumb said...

El: Yum! That sounds like pub food; I hope you had a beer with it.

Nancy: Not so very kosher, eh? Shake your pupik!