These latkes are both creamy and savory. Making latkes bite-size makes the experience a little more fun – guests can easily eat the latkes with their fingers, and also feel like they can indulge a little more since the portions are small.
Everything Bagel Latkes with Dill Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon
Yield: 12-15 latkes
For the latkes:
4 Idaho (Russet) potatoes
1 small-medium onion
3 large garlic cloves
2 to 3 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 ounces goat cheese, left at room temperature
For the cream cheese:
6 ounces cream cheese, left at room temperature
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
For the everything bagel topping:
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried onion
2 teaspoons thick sea salt
Thinly sliced smoked salmon
Vegetable oil for frying
Before getting started on the latkes, make the everything bagel topping and the dill cream cheese.
Add softened cream cheese to a bowl and combine with fresh dill, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Place back in the fridge until ready to serve.
To make the everything bagel topping, mix together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic, dried onion and thick sea salt. Set aside.
Peel and cut potatoes and onions in half. Peel garlic cloves. Place potatoes, onion and garlic through food processor for a coarse grate (you can also grate coarsely by hand).
Place potato mixture to a large bowl. Add eggs, flour, salt, goat cheese and 2 tablespoons everything bagel topping mix.
Heat vegetable oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Form bite-sized mounds of latkes, taking care not to squeeze too much liquid out of the latkes. Fry until golden brown on each side, then place on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet to cool. Immediately sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
When ready to serve, spread thin layer of dill cream cheese on top of each latke. Add smoked salmon on each latke and top with sprinkle of everything bagel topping. Serve while still warm.