Salmon Potato Cake – Easy Mentertaining


This could also be titled “What’s Great About Mrs P Part 33” but for those here for the food, I’ll save that for later.

What I like to do here where possible is help out the guy who was like me before Mrs P, not much of a cook, but can follow a recipe when he imagines the instructions are like the manual for putting together a TV cabinet. If that sounds like you, give this a run through. You’ve only got to pan fry some hash browns (or put them in the oven, or a toaster) and stick a bunch of ingredients through a blender. Pay a little attention to what you’re doing when putting it all together and you’ve got little bites that looks like a lot of love for minimum effort.


The construction is as follows:

Hash brown

Little blob of cream cheese

Smoked Salmon (cold or hot is fine, but here hot smoked might be better for flake it til you make it)

Drizzle of this vinaigrette:

1 Tbl fresh mint
1/2 cup (olive) oil
2 Tbl cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1 or 2 cloves garlic
1/2 Tbl brown sugar
1/2 tsp mustard

Blend the above with a stick/wand blender, then use a teaspoon to drizzle on top of the potato cake.

This beauty comes from Richard Till. If you ever get a chance to see the TV series Kiwi Kitchen, definitely give it a look. He’s the host and basically embodies NZ folksy charm to a tee. To me this recipe is like three sexy rich sisters, silky cream cheese, smoking salmon, and vixenly vinaigrette. Then there’s the salt of the earth potato cake professional basketballer  who married into the family and is the perfect foil for the whole show. But yes, it’s quite richly flavoured, so act accordingly. Also you’ll have spare vinaigrette left afterwards, which will be good for any number of salads.

Serve as the first of three courses in a budding love story.


Oh yeah. Mrs P is awesome. You know what she does while I pretend to slave over a hot stove to make stuff like this? Any number of things to try to make our lives that little bit better. One of those things is entering us into every competition that exists under the sun. That’s what netted us the stick blender in the photo. It was free I tell you, free!

21 thoughts on “Salmon Potato Cake – Easy Mentertaining

  1. LOOKS AMAZING. Love that Mrs. P enters contests. The most I’ll do is sign up for groupon or cobone. Wonderful!

    I love the components of the vinaigrette already, and although I’m not much of a potato person (except curly fries, always except curly fries) I think the vinaigrette and smoked salmon more than make up for it.

    Kiwi Kitchen? Youtubing it now.

    And hmmm, I’ll be emailing this post to Nasser. Do you think it not subtle enough?

    1. Haha. I couldn’t imagine why you’d email this to your SMF. 😉

      One could do this recipe with blinis but then the ease factor decreases.

      Youtube pickings look slim for Kiwi Kitchen. You’ll just have to come to NZ so I can make you sit through both seasons. My favourites are when he tastes things like mince and cheese pies and remarks “Mmmm… it’s cheesey, mincey, pastry-y…”

      And then there’s the tea towel of the week! Sad I know, but that passes for excitement in this sleepy country.

      1. I love being a couch potato and watching and then re-watching tv. Especially when it’s about making food. And people eating food. And just generally, food. Sounds good to me! But, uh, tea towel? Guess I’ll just have to see for myself to understand.

        Email sent. 😛

      2. LOL. Sorry, I guess I wasn’t being straight enough with you. I knew the definition of a tea towel, just not how it was spotlighted once a week. I assume on the Kiwi Kitchen? 🙂

      3. Oh, yeah. He has a feature tea towel draped over his shoulder every episode, usually from the part of NZ he visited to try people’s traditional recipes in that week.

  2. That vinigarette is getting MADE! These look extraordinary, give Mrs P a big hearty pat on the back in gratitude please!

  3. These bites do look extremely elaborate with all the utmost care going into positioning each piece. I’m taking mental note of that vinagrette! Oh and a big confratulations to Mrs P for converting you from not being much of a cook into even having a food blog!

      1. Thank you but I’m a newbie 😉
        Here’s to all of us doing better and “growing”.
        Cheers! Have a happy weekend ahead 😀

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