Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I've been making salmon patties for my family for MANY years. It's something quick and easy and you don't need any fancy ingredients. My version is the way my mom used to make them for us as kids. One can of salmon (drained with bones removed), one cup crushed saltines (or you can use breadcrumbs as well), 2 eggs, 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (which I will sweat in a fry pan with a bit of oil until they are translucent), and then some Old Bay Seasoning (1 tsp.), and salt and pepper to taste. You can also add some spicey mustard (1 tbsp) for a kick. And if you have some green peppers on hand, mince about 1/2 cup and add to the mixture as well. You can also add a couple tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley, or for a twist, fresh cilantro or other favorite herb to give it a new flavor twist. Then just combine everything with your hands and shape into small patties. Brown in olive oil until both sides are crisp. My kids like a white sauce with peas over the top, which is simply 2 Tablespoons of butter and flour in a kettle cooking just for a few minutes and then adding 1-1/2 cups of milk (more or less depending on how thick you like your sauce) and stirring until thickened, and then just toss in a can of peas (drained). Any leftovers make GREAT "salmon burgers" the next day. So next time you want something QUICK and delicious, give this simple recipe a try.