Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Smoked Salmon Caviar
This appetizer mixes extravagance with guilty pleasure: a total indulgence. It can also be prepared as a celebratory side dish to your favorite seafood or meat. Finished with the smoky, salty flavor of Salmon Sisters Wild Sockeye Salmon Caviar.
Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 65 min | Total time: 80 min | Yield: 4-6 portions
1 jar Salmon Sisters Wild Sockeye Salmon Caviar
12 baby yukon gold potatoes or comparable variety
8 oz plain goat cheese, softened
3 tbsp whole milk
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp shallot, minced
1 tbsp fresh herbs (dill or chives), chopped
½ grapefruit or lemon
Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
½ lb. slab bacon, large diced (or thick cut bacon)
Oil for frying
1 avocado, sliced
1 scallion (green onion), chopped
Fresh herbs, dill or cilantro
Extra virgin olive oil
For the whipped goat cheese: Soften 8 oz of plain goat cheese and place in a mixer with a paddle attachment. Whip until light and fluffy, then add milk, sour cream and shallots and continue to mix. Add chopped herbs, a good squeeze of grapefruit or lemon for acidity and season to taste with salt and cracked black pepper. Set aside at room temperature.
Cooking the bacon: Place diced bacon in a cold skillet with a tbsp of oil and begin to cook over medium heat until bacon is frying in its own fat- approximately 10 min. Remove bacon from the pan and allow it to rest on a paper towel in a warm place.
Cooking the potatoes: Place potatoes in a large enough pot to fully cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Add 1 tbsp of salt. Cook potatoes for 20-25 minutes or until a knife can pierce through them easily.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Drain the potatoes in a colander and allow them to let off steam for 5 min. Spread potatoes on a parchment lined sheet pan and use the bottom of a mason jar or masher to smash the potatoes -approx ½ inch thick. The thinner you go, the crispier you’ll get! After squashing your spuds, rest again for an additional 5 minutes. Drizzle with oil (and bacon grease if desired) and generously season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown (40-50 min) or until desired crispiness is reached. The more, the better!
Garnish potatoes with avocado, whipped goat cheese, scallions, fresh herbs and a healthy spoonful of Salmon Sisters Smoked Salmon Caviar and drizzle with your best olive oil.