Root Vegetable Salmon Latkes– Makes 2 dozen (appetizer size)
2 1/2 cups coarsely grated russet potatoes
1 1/4 cup coarsely grated parsnips
1 1/4 cup coarsely grated carrots
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup Vegetable or peanut oil
1/2 cup Stonewall Kitchen Basil Pesto, Roasted Garlic or Horseradish Aioli
4 ounces Smoked salmon
Capers, chopped red onion, micro-greens for garnish
Place grated potatoes into cold water and soak 1-2 minutes. Drain well in a colander. Place potatoes, parsnips, carrots and onion on a kitchen towel and roll it up. Squeeze to remove as much water as possible Place vegetables in a medium size bowl.
Add the salt, baking powder and flour to vegetables and mix. Add eggs and gently mix until combined.
Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy-bottom skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Form latke mixture into 2- inch diameter patties that are about 1/4-inch thick. Fry in hot oil until golden brown, flip and fry until golden brown on the second side. Do not overcrowd the pan. Remove from pan and place on paper towels to absorb oil.
Top each latke with aioli, a piece of salmon and garnish with capers, red onion or microgreens. Serve warm or room temperature.