Salmon confit with crushed new potatoes
For the salmon confit
- 500ml/18fl oz olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 4 x 140g/5oz salmon fillets, skin on (or mackerel, sardines or any smoked fish)
- bunch fresh coriander, chopped, to serve
- 2 Little Gem lettuces, chopped, to serve (or any other salad or green leaves)
For the crushed potatoes
- 600g/1lb 5oz new potatoes, such as Jersey Royal potatoes, scrubbed
- 1 tbsp snipped fresh chives
- 2 tsp chopped fresh dill
- 25g/1oz butter
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the dressing
To make the salmon confit, pour the olive oil into a large heavy-based saucepan or casserole that will fit the salmon fillets snugly. Add the garlic and gently heat the oil for a few minutes to let the flavours infuse. Add the salmon fillets to the pan. Cook over a low heat for 8 minutes (or 10 minutes if you prefer your fish well cooked), then take off the heat. Leave the salmon in the oil for 5 minutes, then transfer to kitchen paper to drain.
Meanwhile, to make the crushed potatoes, put the potatoes into a saucepan of boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain, place the potatoes into a large bowl and lightly crush with a fork. Add the chives, dill, butter and a drizzle of oil from the salmon. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
To make the dressing, whisk the dill, olive oil and lime juice together in a jug or small bowl.
To serve, place cooking rings on six plates and fill each ring with the crushed potatoes (if you don’t have a ring, spoon into a neat pile instead). Remove the ring and lay a salmon fillet next to the potatoes. Mix the coriander and lettuce together and serve a small amount on each plate. Spoon over the dressing and serve.
The herbs in this recipe can be replaced with thyme, rosemary or any other herb you have.