A big thank you to the NORTH Festival for sponsoring this post.
When Honest Cooking magazine and the NORTH Food Festival got in touch with me about writing this post, I was so excited. After all, I love exploring new cuisines and cultures and having an excuse to get in the kitchen and do something a bit different.
My assignment? Celebrate Nordic food (i.e. Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland). In my case, specifically Finnish cuisine. I’m not going to lie, I really don’t have much experience or knowledge when it comes to Nordic food. While I’ve been lucky to visit Europe on several occasions, I haven’t had the chance to visit or travel to any of these countries before.
Luckily, I was provided with a fun educational package to brush me up on Nordic cuisine knowledge and help me dive into the world of Finnish food head first.
Meat and potatoes is a common stereotype when it comes to Finnish (or Nordic) cuisine. I’m the first to admit that this was my initial perception. But there is a lot of truth and history to that as well. Due to the climate and difficulty with crop cultivation, vegetables and certain grains (specifically wheat) have not always played a huge part in the country’s mainstay diet.
Instead, the diet consisted mainly of other cereals and grains, specifically rye, game meats, potatoes, as well as cheese and other dairy. And a whole lot of fish. Specifically, smoked salmon.
My immediate conclusion? Make a dish with smoked salmon and potatoes, which to be honest, was my initial thought when I first heard about this project to begin with.
In the end, I came up with the idea of a open-faced smoked salmon potato tartine. Traditionally, tartines are made with bread, but in this case, I decided to make the base with potatoes (also known as a potato darphin).
The base is simply grated potato (seasoned with salt and pepper) and cooked until thin and crispy in a non-stick skillet. Once this is cool, you simply top this with herbed goat cheese, thin slices of smoked salmon, and garnish with red onion, salty capers, and finely chopped hard-boiled egg.
All of the flavors work so well together! The smokiness of the smoked salmon, saltiness of the capers, tangy goat cheese, creamy hard-boiled egg and sharp red onion. You will love everything about it.
While the following recipe makes one large tartine (to serve one or two), feel free to double or triple the recipe if you desire. It would also work perfectly as party finger food too. This is definitely one of my favorite dishes to date!
Learn more about Nordic cuisine at the NORTH Festival 2013 in New York City. This post is a collaboration between the blogger andNORTH Festival 2013.