Wolfgang Puck’s Fancy Shmancy Latkes – with Caviar, Lox and Dill Cream

“Pravda” in Russian, means “truth.” It’s also the name of the self-proclaimed “underground” caviar and vodka bar in NYC on Lafayette, made famous by Sex and the City. Aside from all that, they make a mean “crispy potato pancake” with smoked salmon (a.k.a. ‘lox’) and sour cream. Check out their website here.

A quick search brought back Wolfgang Puck’s recipe – and while I’m not so into caviar myself – the rest of it sounds just about perfect. His recipe makes 6 servings and takes 35 minutes! To see it at its home on Food & Wine, click here.

Vodka (our family friend Moti swears only by Finlandia – and drinks it with every meal after 11:30 AM) cuts the intense (code: oily) flavor of latkes nicely, even though Puck suggests wine.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
  • 2 medium baking potatoes (1 pound), peeled
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 2 ounces caviar

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir the crème fraîche with the dill and lemon juice. Season with salt and black pepper and sprinkle with the chives. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. In a food processor or on a box grater, coarsely shred the potatoes and the onion. Transfer to a large, clean kitchen towel and squeeze dry.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the shredded potatoes and onion with the egg, flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet or on a griddle, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering. Drop 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet and flatten with the back of a spoon to make a 3-inch round. Make about 5 more pancakes and cook over moderately high heat until golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until golden, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture; you should have 12 pancakes.
  5. Arrange the potato pancakes on a platter. Serve warm, with the dill cream, smoked salmon and caviar.
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