Smoked Salmon with Taro Chips

Smoked Salmon with Taro Chips
SOUTH PACIFIC This beautiful appetizer was created at the former Ritz-Carlton Mauna Lani in Hawaii, where it was inspired by a local island kitchen and dressed up to create a "Ritzy" version of lomi-lomi salmon for the hotel's upscale clientele.Melanie Acevedo

This beautiful appetizer was created at the former Ritz-Carlton Mauna Lani in Hawaii, where it was inspired by a local island kitchen and dressed up to create a "Ritzy" version of lomi-lomi salmon for the hotel's upscale clientele.

Smoked Salmon with Taro Chips
Dress this easy salmon salad appetizer up or down with either elegant plating or simply spilling into a beautiful bowl with a plate of crisp taro chips.
Yield: serves 4-6

For the Smoked Salmon Salad and Taro Chips

  • 2 tsp. finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped chives
  • 14 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1 tsp. ogo or minced seaweed
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 lb. smoked salmon
  • 1 taro corm, peeled
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Tomato Relish

  • 2 large tomatoes, skinned, seeded, and diced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 12 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. For the salmon: Combine shallots, chives, hazelnut oil, seaweed, and lemon juice in a bowl. Flake salmon in, folding carefully to avoid breaking it up. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. For the taro chips: Thinly slice taro and deep fry in very hot oil until crisp and lightly browned. Drain on paper towels; season with salt.
  3. For the tomato relish: Combine tomatoes, olive oil, curry powder, thyme, vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl and mix well. Strain off excess liquid; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Arrange taro chips and salmon mixture in alternate layers, dividing them evenly among four to six plates. Garnish with relish.