Christmas Brunch: Herbed Waffles with Smoked Salmon

We'll be serving Christmas brunch this year. I want to serve something
special, but not have to work that hard. By the time we make Christmas
Eve dinner and survive the holiday events leading up to Christmas,
well, let's keep it simple.

This dish is similar to one I had at
a favorite breakfast place with the best ever scones. The place closed,
but not because of the food quality. I miss the scones terribly and
decided to make my own version of the smoked salmon recipe.

Smoked Salmon on Herb Waffle with Creme Fraiche
for the waffles
1 and 3/4 cup cake flour (not self rising)
1 tbs. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup cream
3/4 cup lowfat milk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tbs. chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus 1 tbs. for garnish
2 tbs. chopped dill, plus 1 tbs. for garnish
1 tbs. chopped chives, plus 2 tsp. for garnish
pepper to taste

For the rest of the dish
12 oz. smoked salmon
6 oz. roasted tomatoes (or sundried, packed in oil)
3 cups mesclun (spring mix) greens
6 oz. creme fraiche (or sour cream)

the waffles, sift together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the
center of the bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs then add the
cream, milk and oil. Whisk well. Stir in the chopped herbs, reserving
the others for garnish. Add a few grinds of pepper and whisk.

the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing just until incorporated, do
not overmix. Cook about 3/4 cup of batter in a round, belgian-style
waffle maker for each waffle. The recipe should make at least six
waffles with a "spare" just in case.

To serve, place the warm
waffle on a plate, top each with 1/2 cup greens, then 1 oz. tomatoes,
then 2 oz of slices of smoked salmon. Add a dollop of the creme fraiche
and garnish with the reserved chopped herbs.

Main Dishes for Brunch
Shirred Eggs
Breakfast Panini
Hashbrown, Chard, Tomato and Ham Frittata

Breads, Pancakes and Waffles
Orange Brioche French Toast with Bananas Foster
Pumpkin Gingerbread Waffles

Salads (Seasonal)
Red Wine Poached Pear with Arugula
Clementine, Fennel and Pomegranate
Arugula Salad with Bleu Cheese Crostini, Roasted Pears and Grapes and Honey-Wine Syrup
Red, Gold and Orange Festive Salad

Poundcake with Blackberry Wine Sauce and Honey Chocolate Ganache
Assorted Christmas Cookies


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