POSH FISH N' CHIPS
This is such an easy fuss-free weekday meal. The fish I used is already cooked, a wood-smoked salmon – so all you need to do is make the dressing and wedges. If you’re not a huge fan of salmon and would like to use a different fish, go ahead. My inspiration for dish was to use salmon in a convenient way with a dressing that uses all the flavours of a tartar sauce but with a twist. For the preserved lemon dressing, this dressing goes so well with any fish and also makes a great dressing for potato salad! Preserved lemons are so easy to make but if you don’t have them, then the zest from 1 lemon would work fine. For the spiced potato wedges, I have seen chefs use curry powder in the batter for fish, so I decided to use that same flavour but on the wedges instead – and it worked so well. The wedges would also go really well with burgers!
Time: A little bit of effort
For the wedges
8 medium floury potatoes
½ cup flour
1 dry chicken stock cube
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon hot curry powder
pinch cayenne pepper – more if you want it hot
¼ cup olive oil
Preserved lemon dressing
½ cup yoghurt
½ cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons gherkin juice or vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon capers, finely chopped
½ preserved lemon, yellow rind only, finely chopped
Small bunch parsley, finely chopped
½ teaspoon castor sugar
Olive oil to serve
For the salmon
400g (14oz) fillet Regal natural wood smoked salmon
125g (4.7oz) bag watercress
For the wedges
Preheat oven to 200°C (390°F) on fan bake. Line a large tray with baking paper and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and season with salt once boiling. Meanwhile, scrub the potatoes well, I use a wire brush, leaving the skins on. Cut into quarters and each quarter into half again to make wedge shapes. Once the water is boiling, put the wedges into the water, cover with a lid and boil for 5 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, in a large bowl combine the flour, crumble over the chicken stock cube, the garlic powder, ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper and mix well. After 5 minutes, drain the potatoes and then shake gently to fluff the potatoes up. By fluffing them you will rough up the edges and get nice crispy bits. Add to the mixing bowl with flour and spices and toss well to combine. Put the wedges on the prepared tray, discarding any leftover flour. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 30 minutes or until golden and crunchy.
For the dressing
Shake the yoghurt, mayonnaise, gherkin juice, mustard, capers, preserved lemon, parsley and castor sugar in a jar. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Pour into a jug or mug to serve in. Drizzle over a little olive oil and season with a little extra pepper.
Watercress wilts really quickly, within minutes, so plate up just before serving. Arrange the watercress on a platter and flake the salmon over top in big-ish chunks. Serve the preserved lemon dressing in a mug on the side. Serve with the spiced wedges and let everyone help themselves.
This recipe from my cookbook 'My Garden Kitchen'.