Smoked Wild Irish Salmon With Chive Pancakes

“What a delicious combination: smoked salmon and chive pancakes! This dish is part of Irish cook Kevin Dundon's dinner menu for St Patrick's Day that I was delighted to find just recently in the March 2005 edition of the BBC Good Food magazine. And I certainly won't be waiting for St Patrick's Day 2006 before I try it. He describes this as a 'prepare ahead starter': the pancakes are served at room temperature. One detail in this recipe, I suppose incidental, that really intrigued me was that he doesn't use commercial spray-on oil. A reminder that there really are alternatives to so many of the products that the advertisers try to foist upon us. He suggests a simple alternative, one I opted for years ago after reading that commercial spray-on oils contain carcinogenics. But I have rarely seen recipes that suggest this. I have already posted the side dish to Kevin Dundon's St Patrick's Day menu: his scrumptiously creamy Colcannon. Next I shall be posting the main course dish: Guinness & Honey Glazed Pork. All the courses in his St Patrick's Day - or ANY day - menu sound just SO delicious!”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. THE DRESSING: Place the wholegrain mustard in a bowl, using a whisk, slowly add the olive oil, then add a squeeze of lemon and set aside.
  2. THE PANCAKE MIXTURE: Mix together the eggs, flour, milk and chopped chives until smooth and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Heat a medium-sized non-stick pan over a high heat and using a piece of kitchen paper wipe the pan with some vegetable oil. Pour a ladleful of the pancake batter into the pan and swirl to cover the base. Cook for about 1 minute, then flip, cook for 30 seconds more, remove and place on greaseproof paper. Repeat until you've made all six pancakes, then set aside.
  3. TO SERVE: Arrange handfuls of salad leaves in piles on the side of each of six plates. Fold the pancakes into four and sit next to the leaves. Loosely drape two slices of smoked salmon over the leaves and pancakes. Tuck two slices of lemon and a few chives under the salmon, then drizzle the mustard dressing over everything and serve.
  4. Kevin Dundon's Notes for preparing this dish in advance: Make the pancakes the day before, stack them with a layer of greaseproof paper between each one and refrigerate.
  5. My Notes: When I make this dish, I am not going to try to track down smoked wild Irish salmon, delicious though it may be. I shall be making it with the best local smoked salmon available.

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