These mini baked potatoes with smoked salmon and sour cream are perfect for parties. Simple yet impressive. You can prepare them ahead or stick them in the oven as your guests arrive, making them perfect for New Year's parties. And they make a small amount of smoked salmon go a long way!
How is 2015 over? I am pretty sure last time I looked it was August!!!!
If you read my prepare ahead roast potato recipe you will know that Stew and I made the big decision not to move home for Christmas. It was a bit of a wrench as we have been pinning our hopes on being in for Christmas. But it was the right decision. We have waited this long to get back into our family home, that a couple more weeks won't hurt.
Although with temperatures soaring and the thermometers hitting 40ºC we are not enjoying the painting!!!!! But we can see the end and 2016 will be the start of life in our new house.
All this painting means we are shattered. So tomorrow night is going to be a quiet one. I might make it to midnight....although past experience tells me not to bank on it! Last year Stew had to wake me up and then I still fell asleep again before the clock struck 12!!! I know, lame!!! But it had been a busy year 😳 I will let you know in 2016 if I made it to midnight 😉
Whether I make it to the bells or crawl into bed early you can guarantee I will have eaten plenty of food and drunk a few glasses of bubbly! And these mini baked potatoes are perfect! They are miniature which means you can easily eat them in a couple of bites, i.e perfect finger food! No one needs a plate when they are trying to hold a glass of wine and mingle! Secondly they are super simple to make, can be made in advance AND if smoked salmon isn't your guests' thing you can mix up the toppings to suit everyone. A little sliver of roast beef would be wonderful. Or for complete vegetarians/non-fish eaters add a thin slice of roasted capsicum.
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Mini Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream and Smoked Salmon
- 500 g new potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- generous pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (plus extra for garnish)
- 100 ml sour cream (approx 5 tablespoons)
- 100 g packet smoked salmon
- Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC
- Tip the potatoes into a roasting tin and drizzle with the olive oil.
- Season generously with salt and then roast for 20-30 minutes until tender to the point of a knife and crispy on the outside.
- Whilst the potatoes are roasting mix the chopped chives and sour cream together, then set aside.
- Cut the smoked salmon into small strips.
- Remove the potatoes from the oven. At this point you can set them aside for later and serve them cool. Or continue on with the recipe and serve them warm.
- Once the potatoes have cooled enough to handle, carefully pinch the potato and and push them open into the classic baked potato shape.
- Top each potato with the sour cream and a slice or two of smoked salmon.
- Garnish with a chive strip.