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Salmon Hash with Dilled Crème Fraîche

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Serves four.

  • Make the menu:
    Celebratory brunch
  • by Bill Jamison, Cheryl Alters Jamison from Fine Cooking
    Issue 56

We love this hash for its luscious contrast of crusted potatoes and tender, moist salmon. An egg topping is the crowning touch, although it’s just as good without.

For the dilled crème fraîche:
  • 1 cup crème fraîche or sour cream   
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill or 1-1/2 tsp. dried dill
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice (optional)
For the hash:
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter  
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. Yukon Gold or red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 Tbs. half-and-half or cream
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. cooked skinless salmon fillet or hot-smoked salmon, flaked
  • 3 Tbs. snipped fresh chives or thinly sliced scallion tops
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill or 1-1/2 tsp. dried dill
Tip:
If you don't have leftover cooked salmon, we find roasting the simplest way to cook it: Coat the salmon with a little olive oil, season it with salt and pepper, and roast it on a rimmed baking sheet in a 400°F oven  until the flesh inside has lost its deep pink color, 15 to 18 minutes.
For the garnish:
  • 4 fried or poached eggs (optional)
  • Drained capers
  • Fresh dill sprigs
  • Prepared horseradish (optional)
Make the dilled crème fraîche:

In a small bowl, stir together the crème fraîche, dill, salt, and lemon juice, if using. Taste and adjust the seasonings; set aside.

Make the hash:

 In a 10-inch cast-iron or other large heavy skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium-low heat. Add the potatoes, stirring to coat them with the fat. Cover and cook until the potatoes begin to turn golden and a bit tender with browned edges here and there, about 15 minutes. (you should hear only a faint sizzling). Uncover the potatoes and turn them with a spatula. Raise the heat to medium and cook until uniformly soft with some crisp brown spots, about 5 minutes. Stir in the onion and pat the mixture down with the spatula. Cook until the onion is soft and the mixture begins to stick in a few spots and browns on the bottom, about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, mustard, salt, and a generous grinding of pepper. Scrape up the hash and stir in the mustard mixture. Raise the heat to medium high. Continue cooking the hash, scraping it up and patting it back down another time or two until browned, another 5 to 8 minutes. Mix in the salmon, chives, and dill and cook until heated through, another 2 minutes.

Serve hot, topping each portion with a fried or poached egg (if using) and a sprinkling of capers. Garnish with dill sprigs or a bit of horseradish on the side, if you like. Top each portion with a dollop of the dilled crème fraîche, passing the rest at the table.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : without optional garnishes; Calories (kcal): 590; Fat (g): 39; Fat Calories (kcal): 350; Saturated Fat (g): 18; Protein (g): 33; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11; Carbohydrates (g): 26; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 8; Sodium (mg): 540; Cholesterol (mg): 170; Fiber (g): 4;

Photo: Amy Albert

I love this recipe and have made it several times in the past year, always for dinner. I use left over grilled salmon that I only made in the first place so I can have this the next day. The flavours do work very nicely together.

Could not let one review stand: made it a week ago and everyone loved it- it was for dinner, Making it for a big breakfast this AM. Was wary of adding in the herb mixture and the general cooking instructions but it came out perfectly.

The first time we made this, we thought it wasn't very good. A couple of months ago we thought we'd try again, but still found it not good. The flavors just don't marry well in this recipe, in spite of the fact that we love salmon and eat if often.

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