The Latke Gravlax- Thank you very much!

A fight broke out in the Test Kitchen over who would try and finish this sandwich- Mom won!

January 08, 2021.  You  girls are too young to know that the name of this sandwich is a play on the name, Latka Gravas, the lovable mechanic, played by the not always lovable, Andy Kaufman, from the 70s/80s TV show, Taxi.  It’s also a helpful reminder on how to pronounce the word latke and another variation of the Citizen Caine.  Of the three variations so far- falafel, eggplant and potato, it is my overwhelming favorite! I can’t think of anything better to use as a sandwich bun than two, crispy potatoes and the potatoes go so well with so many fillings!

Prep Time:  10 minutes, although you do need to make some latkes!

Cook Time:  0 minutes- It’s a sandwich!

Servings: 4


  • 8 latkes, cooked (can sub fully cooked, frozen hash browns, if you’re in a jam)
  • 8 ounces of gravlax- gravlax, smoked salmon and lox are similar, but different, and in any event, all delicious and interchangeable in this recipe- I happened to use smoked salmon for this post
  • Lox Schmear (See InstaRecipe Below)
  • 1 small head of Bibb or other leafy lettuce, cleaned and torn into pieces
  • 1-2 large vine ripened or heirloom tomatoes, sliced 
Just looking at this, you know it’s going to be good!


You have to play Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet, because any burger in paradise would certainly have fried potato buns! Speaking of potato buns, I used a 3.5″ cooking cutter to form the latkes into buns, like this-

Make The Latke Gravlax Sandwich!  For each sandwich, apply a generous amount of the Lox Schmear to each latke bun before you artfully stuff smoked salmon, a few pieces of lettuce and tomato between them! Can you believe there’s only one step to this recipe- not counting having to make the latkes-?!

It just keeps getting better!


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Speaking of the InstaRecipe! Here’s the Lox Schmear InstaRecipe!  Use a medium bowl to mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 2-4 tablespoons of minced, fresh dill, 2 tablespoons minced capers, 2-4 tablespoons minced red onion, zest of a lemon and 1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice- you’re done!  That was fast and fun, wasn’t it?!

You can schmear this on so many things!

More Fun With Latkes.  Of course you can put pretty much anything between fried potato buns and it will taste amazing, but here are some ideas to get you started.  The Big or Little Lat.  1 or 2 pan seared all beef or all plant patty/patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed latke bun. The Fishy Latke.  Pan seared fish or a shrimp/fish burger with tartar sauce and half slice of cheese.   The Buffalo Latke.  Pan seared chicken thigh, shredded and mixed with Frank’s Hot Sauce, diced celery, carrots and Blue Cheese Dressing, topped with pickles.  The Veggie Latke. Roasted, smoked paprika spiced and thinly sliced carrots (looks just like smoked salmon!), avocado mash, lettuce and tomatoes.  The Wake Up Latke.  Fried egg, cheese- add morning plant or animal meat, if you like.

This is a colossal, Big Lat- I made the plant patties way too thick and had to split this Big Lat into two Little Lats to share. I also sprinkled some sesame seeds on top of my latkes before I cooked them up. Did I mention this one is vegan?

Keyword: latke, sandwich, smoked salmon, vegan option, 

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