Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Potato Latke and Roasted Vegetables

Tonight I have a couple of friends coming for dinner. I'm making a dish that is easy to prepare, low in cost, and one that I think looks incredibly good on the plate.

It's my version of a potato latke or potato pancake, topped with chunks of baked salmon, apple sauce and parsley (pic left).

With the latke, I'm going to serve baked vegetables (below) because they'll be a colorful addition, adding eye-appeal plus flavor and texture to the meal.

The ingredients needed to make this meal are listed in the Feb. 28th shopping list.

Potato Latke & Roasted Vegetables
1) Cut up a couple of apples (you can peel them or not) and put into saucepan with a little water. Simmer for about 15 mins, or until apples are soft. Squish apples with a fork, then set aside.
2) Grate 2 big russet potatoes in a bowl. Squeeze potatoes of liquid (discard liquid). Add two eggs to potatoes, stirring in with fork. Add couple spoons of flour (rice/wheat, rye), enough to bind potatoes.
3) Meanwhile, put one fillet of salmon in oven @350. Bake about 15 mins or until salmon is cooked to your preference: rare/med/well done.
4) Now chop into chunks onion, zucchini, bell pepper, carrots, asparagus. Scatter veggies on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and put in oven with salmon. Bake about 30 mins. or until veggies are soft and lightly browned.
5) While salmon and veggies are cooking, heat olive oil in a pan or skillet, drop heaping spoons of potato/egg/flour mix into pan and shape with spoon, patting the top and sides. Cook over med heat, browning the latkes on both sides. When sufficiently browned, remove latkes and put on plate lined with paper towel (towel will soak up excess oil). Cover with foil until you've browned all the latkes.
6) If you're uncertain about whether the latkes are cooked all the way through, cut one open. If it's not properly cooked, once you've pan fried all the potato mix, continue cooking the latkes in the oven.

To Serve: put one or two latkes on each plate, top with flaked pieces of baked salmon, pop a spoon of apple sauce on the salmon, and to the side, place the roasted vegetables. If you've any parsley or green garnish on hand, top the lot with a sprig.

If you fancy serving dessert, wash a box of blackberries, spoon into small bowls, top with yogurt, sprinkle with maple granola and drizzle with honey -- so easy and delicious. (These items are also on the Feb 28th shopping list.)

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