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Potato Pancakes & Smoked Salmon with Dill Caper Sour Cream

I have a lot of leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving, so I wanted to try making potato pancakes. I thought a spin on bagels & lox might be nice, so I put this together. It was pretty good, but I definitely need to tweak it more for next time.

Potato Pancakes & Smoked Salmon with Dill Caper Sour Cream

Ashley Covelli

Makes 8 pancakes

  • 2c leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • all purpose flour, for dredging
  • 1c sour cream
  • 2T fresh dill, chopped
  • 2T red onion, minced
  • 4t capers, plus a little of the juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • smoked salmon slices

Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a cast iron skillet. Meanwhile, mix mashed potatoes, egg and green onions in a bowl. Put some flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Scoop the mashed potato mixture with an ice cream scoop and drop it into the flour, tossing to coat. Tap off excess flour, and add to skillet, pressing down on the top slightly with a spatula. Repeat with remaining mashed potatoes.

Meanwhile, mix the sour cream, dill, capers and juice, red onion, salt and pepper in a bowl, reserving a bit of the dill, onion and capers for garnish. Once potatoes are nice and brown, flip to cook the other side, adding more vegetable oil as needed.

To serve, place a dollop of the sour cream mixture on each pancake, top with a slice of smoked salmon, and garnish with a bit more sour cream, some dill, onion and capers. Enjoy!

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars


  • Big Dude

    That looks sooo good. One of my favorite parts of mashed potatoes is the leftover pancakes and they seem receptive to being topped with lots of good things, such as my usual fried egg.

  • Anonymous

    I just made a similar sauce yesterday and it was delish! Try adding lemon zest, lemon juice(freshly squeezed), roughly chop the capers and mix them into the sour cream, add a couple table spoons of grainy mustard and stir that all together. Sprinkle the final product with a few fresh chives or green onion. Yum!

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