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Smoked Salmon Chips - from Two Urban Licks
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FROM THE MENU OF . . . TWO URBAN LICKS
820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta
Q: I love the salmon chips [at Two Urban Licks]. It is without a doubt the best appetizer I have ever tasted.
-- Barbara Hester Bishop, Stone Mountain
A: Chef Scott Serpas said he was "playing around" with ingredients the summer before Two Urban Licks opened when he came up with his Smoked Salmon Chips - chipotle-spiked cream cheese spread over broad house-made potato chips, topped with smoked salmon and accompanying garnishes. The dish has proved so popular, it merits a designated staffer in the kitchen. "Sometimes on a Friday or a Saturday night, there's one guy doing just that one dish, and maybe one other, " Serpas said.
Hands on time: 30 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Serves: 8 (4 chips each)
2 Idaho potatoes, scrubbed
Vegetable oil for frying
Dry spice seasoning, such as Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
Chipotle Cream Cheese (see recipe)
8 ounces smoked salmon
1 small red onion, diced
2 ounces capers, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Chipotle Cream Cheese
1 1/2 cups
Hands on: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
3 ounces ( 1/2 small can) chipotles in adobo sauce
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Preheat a fryer to 350 degrees. Using a mandoline or a very sharp knife, slice the potatoes lengthwise, 1/16 inch thick. Fry in oil on both sides until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with seasoning. Cool to warm or room temperature.
To assemble, spread about 1 teaspoon Chipotle Cream Cheese on one side of each chip. Top with a small piece of salmon (about 1/2 tablespoon). Sprinkle with red onion, capers and chives.
Chipotle Cream Cheese:
Place the chipotles and sauce in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add cream cheese and lime juice and process well. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add chives, salt and sugar and pulse until well-combined.
Chef Scott Serpas gives the bagel-friendly flavor combo of smoked salmon, red onion, capers and cream cheese a Southwestern kick with the addition of pureed chipotle and lime, then turns the whole thing on its head by serving it on potato chips.
Tester's note: Any leftover toppings are great rolled in a flour tortilla with fresh spinach leaves.
The surprising smoky burn of the Chipotle Cream Cheese is what gives Smoked Salmon Chips their kick. If you are sensitive to spicy-hot foods, you might want to start with about half the pureed chipotle called for, then add more according to your tolerance.
Chipotle Cream Cheese: Per 2-tablespoon serving: 71 calories (percent of calories from fat, 83), 2 grams protein, 1 gram carbohydrates, trace of fiber, 7 grams fat (4 grams saturated), 21 milligrams cholesterol, 315 milligrams sodium.