Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins
Egads but I love salmon no matter what way it's served and smoked salmon is a real treat. This makes my mouth water just to think of it.
- 700 g large jersey royal potatoes or 700 g other new potatoes
- 1 bunch spring onion, trimmed and sliced
- 300 g full-fat creme fraiche or 300 g heavy cream
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 200 g smoked salmon
- 1 tablespoon dill
- 2 egg yolks
- 100 ml milk
- Peel the potatoes and slice thinly, cutting lengthways.
- The quickest way to do this is with a mandoline- a blade set in a wood or steel frame- or with the slicer attachment of your food processor.
- Rinse the potatoes and shake dry.
- Place the crème fraîche or cream in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, big enough for both the potatoes and the cream.
- Gently melt the cream.
- Stir in the spring onions and season with half a teaspoon of salt and a generous grating of pepper.
- Add the potatoes and stir them around thoroughly so all the slices are coated with cream.
- Cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally and checking that the bottom slices aren't sticking and burning, for 15 minutes.
- Remove the lid.
- The potatoes will now be almost cooked and there will be far more sauce.
- Give everything a good stir and remove from the heat.
- Preheat the oven to 360F or 180 degrees C.
- Smear a 1.
- 5 to two-litre capacity gratin dish with the butter.
- Whisk the egg yolks with the milk.
- Chop the dill.
- Add one third of the potato mixture to the buttered dish and smooth it out.
- Scatter half the dill over the potatoes, season again with salt and pepper and then cover with half the smoked salmon.
- Dribble over half the egg mixture.
- Make another layer exactly the same and then finish the pie with potato, arranging the top so the surface is smooth.
- Place the dish in the oven and cook for 25 minutes until the top is patched with brown and the pie is cooked through, the potato and salmon held in a creamy, dill custard.