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Idaho® Potato and Asparagus Pancakes

Idaho® Potato and Asparagus PancakesRecipe by Chef Emile Castillo of Le Parker Meridien in New York City, New York.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound medium Idaho® potatoes, unpeeled
1/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
5 ounces fresh asparagus
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Clarified butter
4 cups baby greens
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette (your recipe)
15 (1-ounce) slices smoked salmon

Cooking Directions:

  1. Put potatoes in large pot of salted water; boil until tender, 18 to 20 minutes Drain and cool slightly; peel with sharp knife while potatoes are still warm.
  2. Put potatoes through a food mill into a large bowl. Stir in milk and flour. Add eggs and egg white, one at a time. Mix gently until milk and eggs are incorporated and mixture is the consistency of pastry cream.
  3. Boil asparagus in salted water until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Slice on bias into 1/4-inch pieces, reserving a few asparagus tips for garnish if desired. Add to potato mixture along with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Heat 1 to 2 ounces clarified butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon 2 ounces (about 1/4 cup for each pancake) potato mixture into pan to make oval pancake; cook until golden brown, 3 minutes per side. Repeat to make 12 pancakes, adding butter as needed; reserve warm.
  5. Toss greens with vinaigrette; reserve.
  6. To Serve: Stack potato pancakes, top with salmon; garnish with dressed greens as shown in photograph.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Idaho Potato Commission.