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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Behold the Croquette!

Filed under: Salmon Croquettes — shaye3 @ 8:49 pm
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Salmon Croquettes

And you thought it was going to be a GOOD picture. Hee!

I was talking to some friends about my lack of mad photography skilz, and they had several good suggestions for me. One of which was to switch from Snapfish to Flickr. I have to say that Flickr has some lovely editing software. Hopefully, someday soon my photos will look less and less like crime scene investigation photos. (Unless you’re into Dexter–then you LOVE my pics!)

While we’re all waiting for my photography skills to improve, here’s my recipe…

Salmon Croquettes
(Makes 12 smallish ones)

4 slices of bread (I used Aunt Millie’s 100% Whole Wheat)

1 small onion, quartered and sliced thinly

1 can of salmon, drained (Wild caught is vital. Red is best, but pink works just fine.)

1 egg

the zest of one lemon (preferably using a microplane zester and only getting the yellow part)

1 tsp dried dill weed (more or less to taste)

1 tsp salt (to taste)

a few grinds of pepper (also to taste)

1 cup seasoned, dry bread crumbs (I think mine are Italian)

  1. Rip your slices of bread into three or four pieces each and send them for a whirl around your food processor until they’re crumby. Pour them into a medium bowl and set them aside.
  2. Throw your sliced onion and egg into your food processor, and whirl them until the onion is minced.
  3. Add your drained salmon, lemon zest, dill, salt and pepper; and whirl until it’s all smooth.
  4. Use a rubber spatula and scrape all of this mixture into your bread crumbs and then mix it all together.
  5. Put the dry, seasoned bread crumbs into a shallow dish to use for coating.
  6. Using your handy-dandy ice cream scoop (or a big spoon if you really wanna) scoop blobs of the salmon mixture into the breadcrumbs and coat. As they’re coated, smash them down a little and put them on a plate.
  7. Get out your skillet and pour in a thin coat of canola oil across the bottom. Heat to about 350°. (I use my electric skillet, but I imagine a medium heat would work fine.)
  8. Place your croquettes in the hot oil, and cook on one side until it starts to brown a little. Flip over and cook until the other side is the desired shade of golden delicious.
  9. Take them out and serve.

This is a total comfort food meal for me. My mom used to make “salmon patties” all the time when I was a kid. Tonight I served them with mac & cheese and green beans. Just like my mom would have done!

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