24 very small new potatoes (about 3 lbs) 1 stick melted butter (add more if needed)
2 tsp salt
1 8-oz fresh salmon fillet
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp minced red onion
1 tbsp chopped fresh chervil leaves
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1. Put the potatoes in a large pot and add water to cover and 1 tsp of the salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-heat, and cook until fork-tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and let cool to room temperature.
2. Trim about 1/4 inch off each end of the potatoes. Using a paring knife or a small spoon, scoop out about three-quarters of the flesh of each potato from one end and reserve in a bowl. Place the potato shells on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet or work surface.
3. Season the salmon on the flesh side with 1/4 tsp of the salt, 1/8 tsp of the black pepper and the sugar. Heat a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the salmon flesh-side down in the hot skillet and cook for 3 minutes, then flip it over and cook on the other side for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, then flake the salmon with a fork.
4. With a fork, mash the reserved potato flesh. Add the onion, chervil, mayonnaise, 1/2 tsp of the salt and the remaining 1/2 tsp black pepper. Add the flaked fish and stir to mix.
5. Sprinkle the potato shells with the remaining 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Spoon the mixture into the shells and serve at room temperature.