When your attempts to recreate that wonderful, simple, smoked salmon pasta you enjoyed in Italy fall flat, the next step – naturally – is to panic and wonder what you’re going to do with the other half packet of salmon sitting in your fridge. That shit is EXPENSIVE.
The answer, as always, comes from Jamie Oliver. Click here for his recipe, or wing it with my loose guidelines below:
- Cut potatoes into halves and boil. Let them cool (I chucked mine in the fridge for a bit to speed up things) and then grate into a bowl.
- Add some cut up spring onions, a little bit of flour, a dash of butter or margarine, and mix in. You want the mixture to have some body – enough to come together to make patties. If you have time, put this back in the fridge to cool (Jamie suggests overnight, but my mixture was already somewhat cool and I was starving).
- Form patties, then fry until golden brown on each side. Remove to a plate and top with smoked salmon slices.
- Soft boil two eggs, which then go over the whole shebang. Season and devour.
Yours, of course, will look far superior to mine, because you no doubt know to soft boil an egg.
Frugal factor: High. The salmon is a bit of a splurge ingredient, but you don’t have to use a ton of it, and you can always wait for a sale. Or maybe you’re lucky to live somewhere where smoked salmon is cheap…