All the flavors in this dish — smokiness of the salmon, saltiness of the capers, tangy goat cheese, creamy hard-boiled egg and sharp red onion — work wonders together.
By Laura Davidson
Meat and potatoes is a common stereotype when it comes to Finnish (or Nordic) cuisine. I’m the first to admit that this was my initial perception. But there is a lot of truth and history to that as well. Due to the climate and difficulty with crop cultivation, vegetables and certain grains (specifically wheat) have not always played a huge part in the country’s mainstay diet.
Instead, the diet consisted mainly of other cereals and grains, specifically rye, game meats, potatoes, as well as cheese and other dairy. And a whole lot of fish. Specifically, smoked salmon.
My immediate conclusion? Make a dish with smoked salmon and potatoes, which to be honest, was my initial thought when I first heard about this project to begin with.
In the end, I came up with the idea of a open-faced smoked salmon potato tartine. Traditionally, tartines are made with bread, but in this case, I decided to make the base with potatoes (also known as a potato darphin).
The base is simply grated potato (seasoned with salt and pepper) and cooked until thin and crispy in a non-stick skillet. Once this is cool, you simply top this with herbed goat cheese, thin slices of smoked salmon, and garnish with red onion, salty capers, and finely chopped hard-boiled egg.
All of the flavors work so well together! The smokiness of the smoked salmon, saltiness of the capers, tangy goat cheese, creamy hard-boiled egg and sharp red onion. You will love everything about it.
While the following recipe makes one large tartine (to serve one or two), feel free to double or triple the recipe if you desire. It would also work perfectly as party finger food too. This is definitely one of my favorite dishes to date!
Originally Published: July 19, 2014