I love this traditional Swedish recipe, which I picked up in ikea of all places! The smoked salmon baked with sliced potatoes, eggs and cream make it really delicious and comforting. It’s a great family meal or something for a special occasion. My kids love it too as it’s salty!
I buy smoked salmon ‘trimmings’ from the supermarket as they are much cheaper than regular smoked salmon (£1.25 for 120g) but equally tasty. If you have a mandolin or a food processor with a veg cutter it only takes 10 minutes to prepare the mixture (plus 60 mins baking), or if cutting the potatoes by hand allow longer. If you don’t want to spend ages thinly cutting the potatoes and slowly losing the will to live then cut them thick then parboil on the hob before mixing the ingredients together. Saves time and effort! Also I don’t bother peeling the potatoes – I like them with the skin on.
We ate the bake alongside some kale (well, we adults did, the kids won’t give kale the time of day).
Swedish salmon and potato bake (serves 6)
300g smoked salmon trimmings
8 medium size potatoes
1 vegetable stock cube (I like OXO as it crumbles easily)
320ml single cream
A little butter
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/gas mark 6.
Cut the potatoes in to thin slices (or, if you can’t be bothered or don’t have a mandolin/veg cutter machine, cut them in to thicker slices then boil them for around 8 mins until nearly cooked). Butter a casserole dish and add the potatoes and smoked salmon. Mix well with your hands. Whisk the cream and eggs briefly and crumble the stock cube in. Pour over the potato and salmon and make sure it evenly covers them (it will slowly trickle through the layers).
Dollop a few bits of butter on top of the dish. Cook for around 60 minutes until cooked through, slightly golden and bubbling. Eat!