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Sockeye Nova Lox on Potato Galette
Our Colorado Home Cook’s dish is perfect for brunch and holiday parties

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This appetizer is frankly spectacular — yet it’s surprisingly quick and easy to assemble.

It’s savory, colorful, and lets the delicate flavor of high-quality sockeye salmon nova lox shine.

The French term “galette” means any type of flat cake made with buckwheat or wheat flour — but this one is just potato slices with a bit of butter, salt and pepper.

This luscious, gluten-free treat is a marriage of wonderful flavors and textures — crispy potatoes, creamy, lemony crème fraiche, bright, fresh chives, and thin, perfectly cold-smoked salmon slices.

I will say that this was so delicious that the diners at my kitchen table were already pre-ordering their next galette!

My rating: 4+ out of 4 stars

A few notes for the cook
If you have a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, this is the perfect occasion to trot it out, but you can also use any oven-safe sauté pan.

I was able to assemble this dish in about 10 minutes because I used my food processor to evenly and thinly slice the potatoes.

A mandoline slicer would also work well. You can of course slice the potatoes by hand — it will just take a bit longer to prepare.

Potato Galette with Nova Lox

Serves 2-4 as an appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil, or non-GMO canola oil
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces crème fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, snipped
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of a small lemon
  • 4 ounces Sockeye Salmon Nova Lox, thawed
  • Chives for garnish
Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  2. Combine melted butter and cooking oil in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a food processor or mandoline (or a sharp knife), cut the potatoes into thin slices, somewhere between 2mm and 4mm (or about 1/8 inch). I used the 2mm slicing blade on my food processor and that was perfect.
  4. Brush the bottom and sides of a 9-inch cast iron skillet (or oven-proof skillet) with some of the butter/oil mixture.
  5. Starting at the outer edge of the bottom of the pan, layer the potatoes in concentric circles, overlapping each piece and each circle slightly, to completely cover the bottom of the pan. Be sure to work quickly, as the potatoes will begin to darken almost immediately.
  6. Brush the first layer of potatoes with butter/oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Use the remaining potatoes to create a second layer of concentric circles, brush again and season again with salt and pepper.
  7. Cook briefly on the stovetop over medium heat until the potatoes begin to sizzle. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the potatoes are golden brown and tender.
  8. As the potatoes cook, combine the crème fraiche, lemon juice, lemon zest and fresh chives and set aside.
  9. When the potatoes are done, gently flip them onto a serving platter so that the bottom layer forms the top of your galette.
  10. Let the galette cool slightly, then top it with a thin layer of crème fraiche. Finish the galette by covering the crème fraiche with pieces of sockeye salmon nova lox. Garnish with chives, cut into wedges and serve immediately.

A Note from Michelle

Like you, I have a passion for beautiful-yet-healthy food that’s easy to prepare. 

While I do love making the occasional "fancy” dinner, most of the time I’m short on time and have a house full of hungry people who want to eat NOW.

I’m not a professional chef – just a busy mom who loves to cook and who’s focused on that intersection of healthy and delicious.

I want this series to feature the products and preparations you’re curious about.

Have a suggestion? Question? Recipe you want me to test?

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