And…Red Pepper Sauce!
So, what does one do with a large package of smoked salmon that wasn’t eaten because of COVID. This was going to be on one of my appetizer trays for Christmas when all the kids were here but Covid happened and the week cut short and this package of salmon found itself thrown into the freezer.
We had plans to go to the movie the day I made this recipe and I knew we would eat ourselves sick on popcorn and by the time we got back I wouldn’t want to cook and a day’s diet of nothing but popcorn wouldn’t be that healthy. So, I got busy that morning and made my salmon cakes, my red pepper sauce and even made a Mardi Gras colored slaw for a side dish (since Mardi Gras was coming up). The slaw was beautiful, the cakes laid in the refrigerator just waiting to be cooked that night. Even if it was a late dinner, we had a “proper” meal.
I’m sure everyone has made salmon patties/cakes with canned salmon. That is the only way I had ever prepared them for most of my life and I probably still would if I wanted something quick to make. Now this is the crazy part of canned salmon patties. The only way we use to eat them was to pour some canned Campbells Cream of Mushroom Soup over the fried patties. I would still do that with canned salmon but I would not ruin fresh or smoked salmon cakes with my “soupy” sauce.
Next time you make salmon on the grill or in the oven, make more than you will need and use the left over for this recipe. I loved the smokiness of using smoked salmon.
Well, off to the movies we went, (that was a few weeks ago and now I’m ready for another movie) knowing I almost had dinner on the table.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Georgia Cracker Salad was a salad I made the day covid shut down everything. I had made if for a girl’s night and everyone stayed home so I delivered samples to everyone’s door step.
Break up the smoked salmon into small pieces.
Chop the red bell pepper and green onions into small pieces.
Form into patties and then dip in the beaten egg and dip into the Panko breadcrumbs.
Fry In a small amount of olive oil. I mixed a little butter and olive oil together for my frying.
Mix together the sauce ingredients and chill until ready to serve.
I made several “silver dollar” sizes to make a small appetizer plate se
Smoked Salmon Cakes with Red Pepper Sauce
- 2 c. smoked salmon broken up
- 1/2 c. chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 c. thinly sliced green onions
- 1 Tbsp. oil
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/3 c. mayonnaise
- 1 c. Panko bread crumbs divided
- 1 egg beaten
- Oil for frying cakes
- Red Pepper Sauce:
- 1/2 c. mayonnaise
- 1/2 c. sour cream
- 2-3 Tbsp. Harissa or sriracha sauce
- Shred the salmon with a fork or fingers. Put the red bell pepper and 1 tablespoon oil in small pan and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the bell pepper, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs to the salmon. Mix until combined.
- Form the salmon mixture into patties. Beat the egg in a small bowl and then either dip the patties into the egg or use a brush and brush egg on both sides of Pattie then coat with the Panko bread crumbs. Refrigerate covered until ready to fry (or bake)
- Heat about 1/2" of oil in skillet until hot. Fry cakes on both sides until nice and brown. As they brown, put them on a cooling rack and then set in warm 325° oven until ready to serve. Serve with sauce.
- Red Pepper Sauce: Whisk all ingredients until smooth.