Irish Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Créme Fraiche

by Leah Halmagyi


  • 2 medium potatoes, steamed
  • ¼ cup finely-grated Pecorino
  • 2 Tbsp quark
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 bunch chives, finely sliced
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 100ml milk
  • ½ cup multigrain breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 75g smoked salmon, cut into fine strips
  • 100g crème fraiche
  • dill sprigs, to garnish


1 Crush the potatoes, then mix with the Pecorino, quark, garlic, yolks and chives. Season generously with salt and pepper, then form into 16 small balls, then flatten slightly. Roll in flour, shake off the excess, dip in milk, then coat in breadcrumbs.
2 Fry in hot (180°C) vegetable oil for 3 minutes, until golden and crisp. Top with smoked salmon, crème fraiche and dill sprigs.

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