Smoked Salmon with Potato Pancakes “recipe”

This is hardly a “recipe”, more of an idea about how putting two or three ingredients from TJ’s together is any easy way to come up with something good.

In this case, for New Year’s Eve I had the idea to make kind of a Russian inspired thing, Smoked Salmon with Potato Pancakes (instead of blinis) and Sour cream. They turned out just as delicious as I hoped, and we really enjoyed these as a super easy holiday treat (or make them any day you like!) I got a package of Trader Joe’s Latkes / Potato Pancakes and some Smoked Salmon, and this time instead of sour cream I actually used Greek yogurt to save a few calories. Of course a Russian would use Sour Cream, calories be damned, and fresh dill. All I had to do to put it together was cook the frozen Potato Pancakes till crispy in an frying pan. I topped them with a good amount of smoked salmon and topped that with a spoon of Greek yogurt. It will be best with sour cream but thats your call. Sprinkle some fresh dill on and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Voila, it took about 5 minutes until they were ready to serve as a dinner with some salad and roasted beets on the side. Easy as pie to “make” and really yummy, so try this if it sounds good to you. You could make this as an appetizer for a few guests in minutes and make a big splash with almost no work except assembling the ingredients.

Now I was hardly the only one shopping thinking about Smoked Salmon early afternoon of New Years Eve. Trade Joe’s whole section with smoked salmon was completely sold out except for a few packs of this Nova Salmon! The Nova was a wee bit saltier than some other versions they sell, but as fine with the creamy sour cream / yogurt as it it all balanced out. The next time I make these I will probably opt for the Everything Salmon.

Trader Joe’s (frozen) Potato Pancakes Latkes are $2.69 for 10 little pancakes. I think the Nova was about $9 for 8 oz package.