Potato Pancakes With Smoked Salmon

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

Created for RSC #9. THE SERVING SIZE HAS BEEN CORRECTED! It originally stated 8-10 servings and should be 2-4 and the reviewers were certainly right! The ingredients should yield you about 8 pancakes based on their small size. Crispy potato pancakes topped with caramelized onions, smoked salmon and dill sour cream. I would serve two of these as a first course per person, or serve 4 as a light lunch.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degree F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together sour cream, dill and salt until well blended and put in refrigerator.
  3. Heat butter in large skillet over medium low heat. Add onions to pan, stirring occasionally until onions are softened, then sprinkle with brown sugar, and continue cooking, stirring until onions are tender and golden brown. If onions are cooking too fast, reduce heat to low. Remove to a bowl to cool.
  4. While onions are cooking, grate potatoes. Squeeze potatoes in paper towels to release as much liquid as possible.
  5. Place potatoes in medium bowl and stir in egg, fennel seed, flour, salt, pepper and baking powder until well blended.
  6. Heat enough oil to cover bottom of large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Scoop approximately 1/3 cup portions of potato mixture into hot oil, flattening with the back of a spatula into 4" pancakes.
  7. Fry in oil until bottoms are golden brown, then flip over and fry until that side is done, keeping in mind that the first side will usually take longer to brown than the second.
  8. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels and keep warm in oven, and repeat procedure until batter is gone, adding more oil as needed.
  9. Place pancakes on plate, and divide sour cream mixture, then onions, then salmon evenly among pancakes.
  10. Serve hot.


Most Helpful

I completely agree with Zurie's review. Potential for 5 stars (and if I could give 4.5 I certainly would), loved the fennel seeds in the potato cakes, the caramalised onion, the dill and sour cream mixture topped with the smoked salmon. However, I had no clue how many potatoes to use. I ended up using 550g because in another recipe the weight (which was about a pound I believe) was given in addition to the remark of 2 potatoes. I had to use 12 potatoes to get this amount - potatoes are quite small in Switzerland. Furthermore, my friend and I (two women) ate all the potato cakes for dinner together with a side salad. But nevertheless, this recipe is a keeper for sure. Thank you so much for creating it!

tigerduck March 18, 2007

I was eager to make this as one of my last RSC make and review recipes; unfortunately, I only managed 5 pancakes based on the ingredients, and they were a lttle greasy and not very crispy! I love Rosti and Potato cakes in all guises - so feeling a little guilty that I may have made a mistake, I tried again! I managed to make 6 pancakes this time but with an extra potato and the flavours were a bit diluted due to adding an extra spud! We loved the whole concept of this recipe - it has all our favourite elements - potatos, sour cream(we subbed creme fraiche) and smoked salmon....wonderful! I WILL be making these again - normally I would have tweaked this recipe to make it work, but as it was an entry for RSC, I stuck with the ingredients AND the measurments as much as possible. They were EXTREMELY nice and I am VERY pleased that I tried them, thanks for posting such a wonderful recipe for RSC and please be assured that we DID enjoy them and I will be making them again! Good Luck - a very lovely recipe, just needs tweaking a bit!! :-)

French Tart March 18, 2007

Reviewed for RSC #9. Potentially, this is a 5 star, fine-dining starter! But not just yet ... The cook made magic with the flavours she chose for these little potato pancakes. The fennel seeds were a delicate counterpoint to the delicious sweetish onion, which I cooked to caramelising point. The crisp potato, sour cream with dill, onion and salmon came together in a most successful and gorgeous taste. So: why not 5 stars? Because the cook was a little too casual with the amounts of ingredients, and I had to tweak these to make sure there would be at least 8 little pancakes (she said "2 medium potatoes". I used 4 potatoes, and I also used more onion, but it almost didn't stretch to 8 pancakes: the recipe is for 8 - 10). The sour cream was on the runny side: cream cheese would have been a better choice. Also, I wasn't sure whether she was referring to hot or cold smoked salmon, but that's a minor point. (I only had the hot-smoked kind). I served these lukewarm (quite fashionable these days -- not wanting to heat the sour cream and salmon too much). The potato cakes did not stay crisp (maybe a plan can be made with that yet). With the little ingredient tweaks suggested, this should be a 5 star recipe. It's absolutely delicious, the flavours well thought out, and a keeper! A clever recipe.

Zurie March 17, 2007

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