Pea Pancakes w/ Smoked Salmon & Creme Fraiche

My friend Stephane from Zen Can Cook is a great chef. It's rare that I even attempt one of his recipes, so when I do and it comes out great, I feel like I deserve a gold medal.

This recipe is so easy, even your kids can make it if you let them use a food processor!

Stephane uses little hen eggs for the top, but I only have one big HEN at home, so that wouldn't do.
I added creme fraiche, lemon zest and chives instead to the tops, and they were a big hit.

These are not great make ahead apps, so have your batter ready to fry up and everything in place and bring them out as a first course.


Zen's Pea Pancakes w/ Smoked Salmon & Creme Fraiche:

1 1/2 cups of frozen peas, defrosted under warm water and drained
2 tbsp flour
1 egg
1 tsp salt & pepper
vegetable or canola oil
1/2 lb. of good smoked salmon
zest of a lemon
creme fraiche

Puree 1 cup of the peas w/ the flour, egg, salt and pepper in a food processor, saving 1/2 cup of whole peas.
Transfer puree to a bowl and add the remaining whole peas. Mix together.

Add about 2 tbsp of oil to a nonstick frying pan and drop in a tablespoon of mixture to form a small pancake. I fried 4 at a time, to make a total of 12 pancakes.

Fry for about 2 minutes on each side, you don't want them to be too brown. They flip pretty easily, which is a bonus.

Add a piece of smoked salmon to each pancake and a dollop of creme fraiche.
To the tops add fresh lemon zest and snipped chives.

Just before serving, squirt some lemon juice over the pancakes.

Serve immediately.

Bon Appetit!

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Oui, Chef said…
I have yet to attempt a Zen dish, good for you! They look totally FAB, his Zenness would be proud.
Claudia said…
This would be fun to do with peas that are coming... slowly... but coming.
Ciao Chow Linda said…
A lovely appetizer packed with flavor.
Looks lovely. A big Hen, you funny girl. But speaking of hens, my Hen house should be ready by the end of this week!
Dawn said…
OMG!!!! These look like they are really good... I sincerely intend on making this.. Thank you for the variety of ideas that you offer up here. It has openned up my mind significantly, and I have to say I have not made all of your recipes, but the ones that have caught my eye have trully been winners
Lori Lynn said…
These sounds great, love the color.
Gold medal to you Stace...