Monday, December 13, 2010

206. Salmon Patties, Revisited

My mother made salmon patties for us when she was too busy or tired to make something more more complicated. It was a meal we ate because it was in front of us, but I don't remember any of us begging her to make salmon patties!

I am sure that her recipe had been handed down from her mother or definitely was an economical,  meal-stretching food combination...add more potatoes and it served more people.

As I became the captain of my own kitchen and listened to the likes and dislikes of my growing family, I usually made this dish with white albacore tuna, ( post # 3), instead of salmon...and my family loved it. If butter or margarine was put on top of the hot, cooked patties...they tasted even more wonderful.

I fianlly decided to revisit this family recipe and use salmon, and I found out that I love this dish even more than when I make it with tuna. I guess the moral of this story is...don't judge food by what a kid says about it!

Salmon Potato Patties

1-2 C potatoes, (mashed, coarsely chopped or shredded)
1 (6 oz) salmon, drained
1/4 C green pepper, chopped
1/4 C celery, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 eggs
Vegetable oil

Combine first 5 ingredients and eggs Mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use. Shape into patties and fry in a hot pan coated with oil until each side is golden brown. Transfer to serving plates and top with butter or margarine to patties. Serves 2.

Side dishes: tossed salad, buttered vegetables, baked beans.

1 comment:

  1. Marian wrote: When I was a child and went to visit my grandmother, she would ask my sister and me what we would like for lunch. We always said, "Salmon croquettes and mashed potatoes!" I think she crumbled some crackers in with the eggs and salmon and browned the patties and then added the side of mashed potatoes. It was really a feast for us. You have evoked some pleasant memories.